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The Cycle of Juvenile Justice - Thomas J. Bernard

The Cycle of Juvenile Justice

Paperback Published: 19th December 1991
ISBN: 9780195071832
Number Of Pages: 195

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An analysis of the history of juvenile justice over the last two hundred years, this innovative study shows how juvenile justice policy has gone through cycles of reform advocating either lenient treatments for juvenile offenders or policies supporting a "toughening up" process, both approaches resulting in little or no improvement in the treatment of delinquency. Bernard stresses the importance of breaking this repetitive cycle and makes recommendations for a stable juvenile justice policy, one that would not be continuously reformed in the never-ending search for a solution. Analyzing the "best" and "worst" aspects of various policies, as well as the state of the present system, this book will provide an controversial and challenging look at the issues involved in juvenile justice.

Industry Reviews

"An excellent book! I was a Juvenile Court judge for 8 years and find Bernard's cycle theory to be very true to my own experience. He also does a very good job of explaining the U.S. Supreme Court cases."--Madeline Griffin, Georgia State University "Provides a useful and practical framework for understanding juvenile justice policy at the societal level. Treats essential points of key court cases and basic concepts in an easily understood fashion. Well done."--Herb Covey, University of Colorado "Good solid overview."--B.J. McCanty, University of Central Florida "Read this book if you want to understand why the problem of juvenile delinquency will some day come to an end; why policies for dealing with juvenile delinquency have for more than a century vacillated between leniency and toughness; and how we might break this unproductive cycle. Gracefully-written and carefully-argued, [it] is based on meticulous historical scholarship. It should be heeded by everybody--liberals and conservatives alike--who want to achieve a sensible public policy that protects them against dangerous kids and keeps kids who can be helped from being damaged."--Gilbert Geis, University of California "Excellent text using a uniquely historical approach to criminal justice public policy with respect to the juvenile offender. Clearly written and thought-provoking."--Edward Truman Hauser, Chicago State University "Would serve nicely as an introductory reading assignment in my juvenile delinquency class. It does a good job of merging historical development of adolescent juvenile, justice system. Good coverage of key Supreme Court decisions."--Finn Esbensen, University of Colorado "Addresses some issues not commonly found in other texts, e.g., 'What stays the same in juvenile justice.' I believe that an emphasis on the never-ending cycle of juvenile crime is both innovative and fresh to academia."--David H. Thysens, St. Martin's College "Comprehensive but to the point. Summaries are well done. The text is very readable for undergraduates."--William M. Hall, Alfred University "A well written, sophisticated historical study that will give much food for thought. It will be an important resource for courses emphasizing policy-making, historical analysis, or juvenile justice philosophy."--David Shichor, California State University, San Bernadino "A provocative contribution to the analysis of juvenile justice, past and present. Bernard's argument is well made, well organized, and interesting; I cannot imagine a student unable to follow it. It deserves serious consideration as a required text for courses in juvenile delinquency, youth crime, and juvenile justice at both the undergraduate and graduate levels."--Kathleen J. Block, University of Baltimore "A tremendous contribution to the literature that covers all pertinent areas of the juvenile justice system. Bernard's description of the Supreme Court decisions regarding juveniles, a topic not well covered in other textbooks, and his clear, convincing account of the history of childhood and its relationship to the development of the juvenile justice system are especially valuable. The book is very well written in a way that will appeal to undergraduates and graduates alike."--Donna C. Hale, Shippensburg University "Remarkable in being able to distill the complexities of juvenile justice into an easily accessible account....[A] fine addition to a variety of undergraduate courses, and will be equally usable in classes in juvenile justice, criminal justice policy, and historical surveys of criminal justice."--Contemporary Sociology "This book provides a concise analysis of the problem of juvenille delinquecy. It covers the subject comprehensively and offers some interesting solutions worth considering. Critics of the system will find it innovative."--E.E. Flynn, Northeastern University "An important book about juvenile justice...his review of the historical evidence documenting this cycle is particularly strong. The reader of this book will leave it with many new questions, the measure of a good work."--Journal of Criminal Justice "Excellent book to supplement any course in juvenile justice."--Mara Dodge, University of Delaware

Overview Of The Cycle And Its Origin
Ideas In History, Philosophy, And Law
Ideas in Philosophy
Ideas in Law
The History of Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
What Stays The Same In History?
The Behavior of Youths, Especially Young Males
Special Laws for Juveniles
Mitigation of Punishments for Juveniles
Views of Adults About the Behavior of Youth
Belief That Juvenile Justice Policy Increases Crime
The Cycle of Juvenile Justice
The Origin Of Juvenile Delinquency
Juvenile Delinquency as a Modern Phenomenon
Juvenile Delinquency as a Modern Idea
Juvenile Delinquency: An Idea and a Phenomenon
The Origin Of Juvenile Justice - The First Juvenile Institution
Historic Context: New York City Around 1820
The Society for the Prevention of Pauperism
The New York House of Refuge
Legal Issues Related to Juvenile Institutions
The Lessons of History
The Origin Of Juvenile Justice - The First Juvenile Court
Historic Context: Chicago at the Turn of the Century
The First Juvenile Court
Characteristics of the Original Juvenile Court
Legal Issues Concerning the Juvenile Court
The Lessons of History
Juvenile Justice Today - Good Intentions
The Case of Morris Kent
The Case of Gerald Gault
The Case of Samuel Winship
The Case of Joseph McKeiver
The Case of Gary Jones
The Lessons of History
Juvenile Justice Today - Actual Practice
Did the Adjudication Hearing Change in Actual Practice?
Did the Disposition Hearing Change in Actual Practice
The Lessons of History
The Lessons Of History
Predictions: The Cycle Continues
Prescriptions: The Best and the Worst of Each Policy
Breaking the Cycle of Juvenile Justice
An Idea of Juvenile Delinquency: Naive Risk-Taking
An Idea of Juvenile Justice: Communication
Reforming Juvenile Justice
Would These Ideas Sell?
The End Of Juvenile Delinquency
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ISBN: 9780195071832
ISBN-10: 0195071832
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 195
Published: 19th December 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.6  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.27