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They Broke the Law -- You Be the Judge: True Cases of Teen Crime


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Teens often hear about other teens who get into trouble with the law. But they’re seldom asked what they think should happen next and why. A unique introduction to the juvenile justice system, They Broke the Law—You Be the Judge: True Cases of Teen Crime invites teens to preside over a variety of real-life cases.

They meet Adam, who makes a threat in school; Erica, who assaults another student and uses marijuana; and more young people who commit crimes and are caught. Like a judge, readers learn each teen’s background, the relevant facts, and the sentencing options available. After deciding on a sentence, they find out what really happened—and where each offender is today.

Along the way, readers learn Judge Jacobs’ concerns about each case, reflect on probing questions, and discover that they can’t jump to conclusions. Teens (and teachers) who want more can find role-playing ideas and scenarios related to the stories available as free downloads here on the Free Spirit Web site.

Thought-provoking and eye-opening, this book is for all teens who want to know more about the juvenile justice system and the laws that pertain to them and their peers.


A judge provides a look at the juvenile justice system.

About the Author

Thomas a. Jacobs, J.D., was an Arizona Assistant Attorney general from 1972–1985, where he practiced criminal and child welfare law. He was appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court in 1985 where he served as a judge pro tem and commissioner in the juvenile and family courts until his retirement in 2008. He also taught juvenile law for ten years as an adjunct professor at the Arizona State University School of Social Work. He continues to write for teens, lawyers, and judges. His recent articles on teens and the law have been published in The New York Times and New York ParentGuide. His previous books include What Are My Rights? and Teens Take It to Court. Judge Jacobs also maintains the popular Web site “Ask the Judge: Answers for Teens About the law” at

Table of Contents

Adam-age 15-a threat made in school — Adelina-age 13-robbing a girl — Andrew-age 17-a fight with his brother — Ashley-age 14-caught with a bag of marijuana — Brandon-age 14-breaking into a home — Brianne-age 17-a stolen car, a stolen credit card, and forgery — Carla-age 15-a fight with mom — Charles-age 16-cocaine and a gun — Erica-age 14-assault and possessing a marijuana pipe — Jennifer-age 13-stolen Christmas presents — Jerry-age 15-home break in and theft — Joshua-age 15-cutting school — Marcus-age 14-stealing a telephone cord — Natalie-age 14-caught with beer at a party — Olivia-age 14-a stolen car — Philip-age 9-assault against his mother — Ronald-age 16-caught with beer and wine in a car — Samantha-age 14-unpaid cab fare and lying to police — Sean-age 16-a pipe bomb in a bedroom drawer — Starlett-age 14-cutting school and violation of probation — Tanya-age 14-a stolen pregncy test kit.

Product Details

True Cases of Teen Crime
Desetta, Al
Desetta, Al
Jacobs, Thomas A.
Jacobs, Thomas A., J.D.
Free Spirit Publishing
Minneapolis, MN
Law & Crime
Criminal Law
Justice, administration of
Juvenile justice, administration of
Children's 12-Up - Legal Reference
Juvenile courts
Juvenile delinquents
Children s-Peace and Justice
Juvenile justice system
Teen Crime
Teenagesr and the Law
Juvenile Justice System; delinquent juveniles; at risk juveniles; teens at risk;
Teen Crime; teens and law; teens and law; teen justice; juvenile detention
Teenagers and the Law; juvenile justice system; court; legal questions; crime
Teen Crime; teens and law; teens & law; teen justice; juvenile detention
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
vol. 4, no. 3.
Publication Date:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
- Up
9 x 6 in 0.66 lb
Age Level:

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