Juvenile Justice: An Introduction, Ninth Edition, presents a comprehensive picture of juvenile offending, delinquency theories, and the ways juvenile justice actors and agencies react to delinquency. Whitehead and Lab offer evidence-based suggestions for successful interventions and treatment and examine the prospects for rebalancing the model of juvenile court.
This new edition includes insightful analysis and the latest available statistics on juvenile crime and victimization, drug use, court processing, and corrections. Recent developments include the possible influence of biosocial factors on delinquency; use of social media both for recruiting gang members and for combatting gangs; new probation models; responses to cyberbullying; the renewed emphasis on status offenses; the implications of drug legalization; police shootings; and specialty courts for teens and those with mental illness. Chapter 12 has been recast to cover specific information on prevention programs in addition to restorative justice approaches.
Each chapter enhances student understanding with Key Terms, a "What You Need to Know" section, and Discussion Questions. Links at key points in the text show students where to get the latest information.
"The chief virtues of Juvenile Justice are its readability, comprehensive coverage, strong organization, and design and layout. Graphically, it is superb…It covers topics such as gangs and substance abuse in an engaging, even entertaining way, making it an enjoyable read for students. The way it blends these topics with system components (policing, courts, corrections) is refreshing." – Tim Matthews, Eastern Kentucky University
"I think this book is great. It provides a nice historical and theoretical perspective of the field, which I think is important in any class, but it also walks the reader through the juvenile court process. I also like it because it tackles tough issues like gangs and drugs." – Philip J. Verrecchia, York College of Pennsylvania
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. Prevention in Juvenile Justice
13.The Victimization of Juveniles
14. Future Directions in Juvenile Justice