While the focus is on the United States, comparisons to international programs and policies are here as well. A directory of national and international organizations dealing with children's rights and juvenile justice wraps up this highly readable and insightful reference. Students, and those who work with children and teens, will appreciate this broad overview of the causes of delinquency and the workings of the juvenile justice system. Also provided are cutting-edge research studies, up-to-the-minute statistics, and authoritative sources to further explore these topics.
The book first presents historical and contemporary discussions of juvenile justice, especially in the United States. The next chapters address problems, controversies, and possible solutions for juvenile justice; present insightful, diverse perspectives from leading experts; and profile important figures in the juvenile justice system and the field of crime and delinquency. The book also contains data and primary documents that show who gets processed through the juvenile justice system and for what kinds of criminal acts.