This book provides an overview of the dominant philosophical approaches and practices in handling status offenders--those children who habitually resist the control of their parents and schools, who run away from home, who drink and stay out after curfew. The three basic and competing social philosophies in responding to these troubled and troublesome youths--discussed at length in this book--are known as the treatment, deterrence, and normalization rationales. In examining these philosophies, the authors consider the quality and quantity of response to and for status offenders at local community service outlets in seven different cities. In this way, Maxson and Klein are able to determine whether such response practices conform with the ideological thrusts embedded in state legislation.
The results will surprise many legislative and youth service policy professionals. Agency characteristics, service-delivery patterns, and youth clients do indeed reflect the treatment, deterrence, and normalization rationales, but in ways that have little bearing on the dominant philosophies embodied by state legislation.
Special chapters are devoted to those minors most likely to slip through the safety-net of youth service --chronic runaways and street kids. The authors discuss the implications of their findings for lawmakers and policy developers.
"Maxson and Klein have done a remarkable job in pinpointing some of the ongoing problems that communities face in dealing with the juvenile status offender."--Choice "Maxson and Klein have done a remarkable job in pinpointing some of the ongoing problems that communities face in dealing with the juvenile status offender."--Choice
|Research Context||p. 3|
|Background Literature and Conceptual Approach||p. 25|
|Three Philosophies That Can Make a Difference||p. 42|
|Legislative Analysis||p. 59|
|Youth Service Delivery in Seven Cities||p. 69|
|State Mandates and Agency Service Delivery to Status Offenders||p. 101|
|Status Offenders in Three Contrasting Settings||p. 140|
|The Unserved Runaways in Three Cities||p. 152|
|Runaway Services||p. 179|
|Score Sheet for State Profile||p. 191|
|Youth Services Survey||p. 194|
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Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 1st May 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.3 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.5