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Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice



Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice

Francine Sherman, Francine Jacobs

ISBN: 978-0-470-49704-3 October 2011 600 Pages



"The lessons in this book remind us that we can—and that we must—do better, for the sake of our children, their futures, and the sake of our nation. . . . This volume is a call to action, and I encourage everyone who reads it to take steps to ensure that all America's children are given an equal chance to succeed. We must all work together to replace the cradle-to-prison pipeline with a pipeline to responsible, productive adulthood." —From the Foreword by Marian Wright Edelman, JD, President and founder, Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC

"Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice appears at a critical time, when promising juvenile justice reforms are underway in so many jurisdictions across the United States. Sherman and Jacobs, and their impressive array of expert authors, fill a significant gap in the literature, making the current body of juvenile justice research and experience accessible to policy makers, researchers, and funders, and doing so through a practical and positive lens." —Patrick McCarthy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD

"Most people have narrow views of what it means to be a delinquent youth. In Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice, Sherman and Jacobs have diligently collected essays from the top experts in the juvenile justice field who tell an empirically based and powerful narrative of who is really in the delinquency system. As this book makes clear, until we ask and answer the right questions, we will remain unable to help the youth most in need." —Alexander Busansky, President, The National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Oakland, CA

A comprehensive reference presenting a rehabilitative, youth- and community-centered vision of juvenile justice

Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice brings together experts in juvenile justice, child development, and public health to explore the intersections between juvenile justice and needed development of programs and policies that look out for the health and well-being of the youth who enter this system. This timely book provides a usable framework for imagining juvenile justice systems that emphasize the welfare of juveniles, achieved primarily through connections within their communities.

A must-read for professionals working in juvenile courts and within juvenile justice agencies, Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice reflects both the considerable advances and the challenges currently evident in the juvenile justice system, with an emphasis on the development and implementation of policies that can succeed in building a new generation of educated young people able to embrace their potential and build successful futures.

SECTION I Framing the Issues

Chapter 1 A Developmental View of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System (Marty Beyer)

Chapter 2 Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: Characteristics and Patterns of Involvement (Kristi Holsinger)

Chapter 3 The Health of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System (Paula Braverman and Robert Morris)

Chapter 4 Children’s Rights and Relationships: A Legal Framework (Francine T. Sherman and Hon. Jay Blitzman)

Chapter 5 A Vision for the American Juvenile Justice System: The Positive Youth Development Perspective (Richard M. Lerner, Michael D. Wiatrowski, Megan Kiely Mueller, Christopher M. Napolitano, Kristina L. Schmid, and Anita Pritchard)

SECTION II Understanding Individual Youth

Chapter 6 Race, Ethnicity, and Ancestry in Juvenile Justice (James Bell and Raquel Mariscal)

Chapter 7 The Role of Gender in Youth Systems: Grace's Story (Francine T. Sherman and Jessica H. Greenstone)

Chapter 8 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Youth and the Juvenile Justice System (Laura Garnette, Angela Irvine, Carolyn Reyes, and Shannan Wilber)

Chapter 9 Adolescent Parents and the Juvenile Justice System: Toward Developmentally and Socioculturally Based Provision of Services (Ellen E. Pinderhughes, Karen T. Craddock, and LaTasha L. Fermin)

SECTION III Understanding Youth in Context

Chapter 10 Parents, Families, and the Juvenile Justice System (Francine H. Jacobs, Claudia Miranda-Julian, and Rachael Kaplan)

Chapter 11 Violence Within Families and Intimate Relationships (Linda L. Baker, Alison J. Cunningham, and Kimberly E. Harris)

Chapter 12 Making a Place for Youth: Social Capital, Resilience, and Communities (Robert L. Hawkins, Maryna Vashchenko, and Courtney Davis) Chapter 13 The Developmental Impact of Community Violence (Edmund Bruyere and James Garbarino)

Chapter 14 The Right to a Quality Education for Children and Youth in the Juvenile Justice System (Kathleen B. Boundy and Joanne Karger)

Chapter 15 Juvenile Prison Schooling and Reentry: Disciplining Young Men of Color (Sabina E. Vaught)

Chapter 16 The System Response to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Girls (Francine T. Sherman and Lisa Goldblatt Grace)

Chapter 17 How American Government Frames Youth Problems (Timothy Ross and Joel Miller)

Chapter 18 Youth Perspectives on Health Care (Rachel Oliveri, Ila Deshmukh Towery, Leah Jacobs, and Francine H. Jacobs)

SECTION IV Working for Change

Chapter 19 Youth-Led Change (Barry Dym, Ken Tangvik, Jesus Gerena, and Jessica Dym Bartlett)

Chapter 20 The End of the Reform School? (Vincent Schiraldi, Marc Schindler, and Sean J. Goliday)

Chapter 21 Collaboration in the Service of Better Systems for Youth (Anne F. Farrell and Diane M. Myers)

Chapter 22 Getting on Board with Juvenile Justice Information Technologies (Stan Schneider and Lola Simpson)

Chapter 23 Establishing Effective Community-Based Care in Juvenile Justice (Peter W. Greenwood and Susan Turner)

Chapter 24 Better Research for Better Policies (Jeffrey A. Butts and John K. Roman)

Afterword (Congressman Robert (Bobby) Scott)