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A revolutionary book that offers a fresh, bold approach to confronting the juvenile crime epidemic With the rise of violent crimes committed by teenagers in recent years, heated discussion has arisen over the societal factors that lead to juvenile criminality and the ways that public institutions are failing to curtail them. Now a team of experts with decades of collective hands-on experience present a book that cuts through the hype and paranoia to offer real solutions. Drawing on actual case studies, Dispatches from Juvenile Hall shows how conventional ?tough on crime? tactics have only worsened the problem, and presents a new blueprint for change that incorporates punitive action, rehabilitation, and family intervention?a progressive program that will encourage and enlighten all those concerned about the future of our youth.

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The three authors of this book for juvenile justice professionals and policymakers work with the Lane County Department of Youth Services in Oregon. About two-thirds of the volume comprise transcribed testimonies from people involved in the juvenile justice system, including current and past offenders (some reformed, some imprisoned for life), family members, and those providing direct services within the system. The authors build on issues raised in the anecdotes in the final seven chapters, which discuss historical trends in the system; identify current elements that are failing and those that work; recommend policies in determining risk, need, and treatment; and discuss program integrity. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

With the rise of violent crimes committed by teenagers in recent years, heated discussion has arisen over the societal factors that lead to juvenile criminality. Now a team of experts presents a book that cuts through the hype and paranoia to offer real solutions.

About the Author

Lisa Smith is the director of the Lane County Department of Youth Services. Over the past twenty years, she has developed and implemented juvenille justice programs, lead system reform, and authored two books and numerous articles on the subject.

Linda Wagner has worked as the research and development coordinator in the Lane County Department of Youth Services for many years, evaluating the impact of juvenile justice policy and system reform.

John Aarons is a casework coordinator with the Lane County Department of Youth Services. Previously he worked as a consultant for the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges. All are frequent speakers on the subject of juvenile crime.

Table of Contents

Dispatches from Juvenile Hall Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I: Personal Narratives

Chapter 1: Jasmine

Chapter 2: Arturo

Chapter 3: Rachel

Chapter 4: Alan

Chapter 5: Stephanie

Chapter 6: Roger

Chapter 7: Michael

Chapter 8: Chris

Chapter 9: Marcia

Chapter 10: Tyrone

Part II: How to Fix the System: Assessment and Recommendations

Chapter 11: A Brief History of Juvenile Justice in the United States

Chapter 12: What Doesn't Work

Chapter 13: What Works

Chapter 14: Risk (Who)

Chapter 15. Need (What)

Chapter 16. Treatment (How)

Chapter 17: Program Integrity (How Well)

Conclusion

Source Material

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143116226
Author:
Aarons, John
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Wagner, Linda
Author:
Smith, Lisa
Subject:
Juvenile delinquents -- United States.
Subject:
Juvenile justice, administration of
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Children's Studies
Subject:
Criminal Law - Juvenile Offenders
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Crime-Criminology
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.16x5.18x.56 in. .39 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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