This book provides a comprehensive and thought-provoking introduction to the juvenile justice system in the United States. It begins by tracing the historical origins of the legal concept of juvenile delinquency and the institutional responses that developed, and analyzes the problem of delinquency, including its patterns, correlates, and causes. With this essential foundation, the greater part of the book examines the full range of efforts to respond to delinquency through both informal and formal mechanisms of juvenile justice. Core coverage includes:
This book is designed as a core text for courses on juvenile justice. Each chapter begins with a compelling case study and learning objectives that draw attention to the topics discussed. Each chapter ends with one or two readings that introduce readers to the literature on juvenile justice. In addition, "critical thinking questions" invite analysis of the material covered in the chapter.
A companion website offers an array of resources for students and instructors. For students, this includes chapter overviews, flashcards of key terms, and useful website links. The instructor site is password protected and offers a complete set of PowerPoint slides and an extensive test bank for each chapter—all prepared by the authors.
"This text offers a comprehensive and detailed overview of the juvenile justice system, incorporating the most relevant and current research. The information is presented in a format that is easily accessible to students. It is a must have for any juvenile justice course."
- Riane Bolin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Radford University
"Detailed, thorough, and current, Burfeind, Bartusch, and Hollist lead readers through the study of juvenile justice by offering an impressive array of up-to-date research, case studies, and evidenced based practices. Juvenile Justice: An Introduction to Process, Practice, and Research is comprehensive yet not overwhelming. The material is remarkably useful for anyone interested in learning about the system and/or working in the field of juvenile justice. The "how do we get students to read?" question is answered - use this book!"
- Alison S. Burke, Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Southern Oregon University
Section I: Introduction to Juvenile Justice
1. The Study of Juvenile Justice
2. Origins and Transformation of Juvenile Justice
3. Juvenile Justice Law, Structure, and Process
Section II: Understanding the Problem of Delinquency
4. Data on Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
5. The Nature of Delinquency
6. Causes of Delinquency
Section III: Juvenile Justice Process
7. Cops and Kids: Policing Juveniles
8. Preliminary Procedures of Juvenile Courts: Detention, Transfer to Criminal Court, and Intake
9. Formal Procedures of Juvenile Courts: Adjudication and Disposition
10. Juvenile Probation
11. Community-Based Corrections and Restorative Justice
12. Residential Placement and Aftercare Programs
Section IV: Partnerships in Juvenile Justice
13. Delinquency Prevention
14. Linking Systems of Care