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8th Edition

Juvenile Justice
An Introduction

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ISBN 9780323298711
Published March 2, 2015 by Routledge
496 Pages - 33 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Juvenile Justice: An Introduction, 8th edition, presents a comprehensive picture of juvenile offending, delinquency theories, and how juvenile justice actors and agencies react to delinquency. It covers the history and development of the juvenile justice system and the unique issues related to juveniles, offering evidence-based suggestions for successful interventions and treatment and examining the new balance model of juvenile court.

This new edition not only includes the latest available statistics on juvenile crime and victimization, drug use, court processing, and corrections, but provides insightful analysis of recent developments, such as those related to the use of probation supervision fees; responses to gangs and cyber bullying; implementing the deterrence model (Project Hope); the possible impact of drug legalization; the school-to-prison pipeline; the extent of victimization and mental illness in institutions; and implications of major court decisions regarding juveniles, such as Life Without Parole (LWOP) for juveniles.

Each chapter enhances student understanding with Key Terms, a "What You Need to Know" section highlighting important points, and Discussion Questions. Links at key points in the text show students where they can go to get the latest information, and a comprehensive glossary aids comprehension.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction—The Definition and Extent of Delinquency 2. The History of Juvenile Justice 3. Explaining Delinquency—Biological and Psychological Approaches 4. Sociological Explanations of Delinquency 5. Gang Delinquency 6. Drugs and Delinquency 7. Policing and Juveniles 8. The Juvenile Court Process 9. Due Process and Juveniles 10. Institutional/Residential Interventions 11. Juvenile Probation and Community Corrections 12. Restorative Justice 13. The Victimization of Juveniles 14. Future Directions in Juvenile Justice

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John T. Whitehead is a Professor and former Chair in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University. He completed his M.A. at the University of Notre Dame and earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from SUNY-Albany. He teaches courses in corrections, criminal justice ethics, and the death penalty.

Steven P. Lab is Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair of the Department of Human Services. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminology from the Florida State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Lab is the author or coauthor of five books, the editor/coeditor of two readers, and coeditor of one encyclopedia. He is the author of more than 50 articles or book chapters and has presented more than 70 papers to academic or professional societies. He is a past editor of the Journal of Crime and Justice and has been an assistant editor or on the editorial boards of several additional journals. Dr. Lab has been a visiting professor at the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science of the University College London and at Keele University in Staffordshire, England, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Loughborough University (England) and a Research Consultant with the Perpetuity Research Group at Leicester University (England). Dr. Lab has received grant funding for several large research projects from the National Institute of Justice, and has served as a consultant to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Arizona Governor’s Office, and various offices of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Lab is also a past-president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.


Whitehead and Lab provide a comprehensive overview of the juvenile justice system and successfully present balanced perspectives of the major issues and controversies that professionals in juvenile justice grapple with. The field is rapidly changing and Whitehead and Lab have managed to keep their material current, relevant, and engaging.

-Bruce D. Stout, Criminology, The College of New Jersey

The Eight Edition of Juvenile Justice, by John T. Whitehead and Steven P. Lab is a well written, well researched, and up-to-date textbook that clearly provides all key topics that must be taught during a full semester course in juvenile justice. A strength is the exemplary pedagogic materials that are clear and relevant without overwhelming the content.  What may be most helpful however, is how key topics are explained relative to their effectiveness and practical significance to current problems in the juvenile justice system. In this way students can understand why they should know this stuff!

-Harry R. Dammer, Chair, Sociology/Criminal Justice & Criminology, University of Scranton

Definitely the most comprehensive and up to date textbook available on Juvenile Justice. Covers the history of juvenile justice, including recent Landmark Court Rulings, current theories and rehabilitation programs for juveniles. This textbook is the main textbook for my Criminal Justice graduate course.

-Bruce T. McKinnon, Criminal Justice, Columbia College

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