Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency A Comprehensive Framework

ISBN-10: 1412956382
ISBN-13: 9781412956383
Edition: 2nd 2009
Authors: James C. Howell
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Description: This text aims to inform students about the latest research and the most promising and effective programs and provides a wealth of information for understanding, preventing and controlling juvenile delinquency. The history of current juvenile  More...

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List price: $85.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

This text aims to inform students about the latest research and the most promising and effective programs and provides a wealth of information for understanding, preventing and controlling juvenile delinquency. The history of current juvenile justice system policies and practices is examined, including the juvenile violence "epidemic." Key myths about juvenile violence and the ability of the juvenile justice system to handle modern-day juvenile delinquents are discussed in depth. Developmental theories of juvenile delinquency are applied to understanding how juvenile offender careers evolve. Effective prevention and rehabilitation programs and what does not work are reviewed. And finally, a comprehensive framework for building a continuum of effective programs is presented. This book is intended as a supplementary text for undergraduate and graduate courses in juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, and violent offender intervention courses. It is also essential reading for juvenile justice and social services research and development specialists.

James C. (Buddy) Howell, Ph.D., worked at the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in the U.S. Department of Justice for 21 years, mostly as Director of Research and Program Development. He also served as Deputy Administrator of OJJDP. He currently is Senior Research Associate with the National Gang Center in Tallahassee, Florida, where he has researched gangs for the past 15 years. He has published 40 works on youth and street gangs, and a similar number on juvenile justice and youth violence, including 3 books. One of which, Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency (SAGE) is now in its second edition. Some of his published works have appeared in Crime & Delinquency (SAGE), Criminology, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (SAGE), and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice (SAGE). Dr. Howell is very active in helping States and localities reform their juvenile justice system and employ evidence-based programs, and in working with these entities in addressing gang problems in a research-based, data-driven, and balanced approach.

Preface
The Historical Context of Current Juvenile Justice System Policies and Practices
Superpredators and Other Myths About Juvenile Delinquency
Moral Panic Over Juvenile Delinquency
Juvenile Delinquency Trends
The Research Base on Juvenile Offenders and Gangs
A Theory of Juvenile Deilinquency and Gang Involvement
Juvenile Offender Careers
Youth Gangs
Effective Programs for Preventing and Reducing Youth Gang Problems
Programmatic and Policy Responses to Juvenile Delinquency
Principles and Characteristics of Best Practice Programs
Effective Prevention and Rehabilitation Programs
The Comprehensive Strategy Framework: An Illustration
What Doesn't Work in Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency
Transfer of Juveniles to the Crimnal Justice System
Concluding Observations
Appendix: Two Model Assessment Instruments
Credits and Sources
Glossary
References
Index

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