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Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Justice
by Panel On Juvenile Crime: Prevention
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Juvenile and Family Court Journal, Summer 2001
"...a comprehensive and thorough look at the history and current status of juvenile crime in this country."
Even though youth crime rates have fallen since the mid-1990s, public fear and political rhetoric over the issue have heightened. The Columbine shootings and other sensational incidents add to the furor. Often overlooked are the underlying problems of child poverty, social disadvantage, and the pitfalls inherent to adolescent decisionmaking that contribute to youth crime. From a policy standpoint, adolescent offenders are caught in the crossfire between nurturance of youth and punishment of criminals, between rehabilitation and "get tough" pronouncements. Why do young people turn to delinquency? Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Justice presents what we know and what we urgently need to find out about contributing factors, ranging from prenatal care, differences in temperament, and family influences to the role of peer relationships, the impact of the school policies toward delinquency, and the broader influences of the neighborhood and community. Equally important, this book examines a range of solutions. SUBJECT: Sociology; Criminal Law
Report of the National Research Council presenting an analysis of the best data available on the most effective methods of dealing with juvenile criminals. Features recommendations for addressing numerous aspects of youth crime in America, discussing patterns and trends and the relationship of crime to gender and race. DLC: Juvenile delinquency--United States.
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