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Rethinking juvenile justice / Elizabeth S. Scott, Laurence Steinberg.

By: Scott, Elizabeth S, 1945-.
Contributor(s): Steinberg, Laurence D, 1952-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008Description: 370 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780674030862 (alk. paper); 0674030869 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Juvenile justice, Administration of -- United StatesDDC classification: 345.73/08
Contents:
Introduction : The challenge of Lionel Tate -- The science of adolescent development and teenagers' involvement in crime -- Regulating children in American law : the state as parent and protector -- Why crime is different -- Immaturity and mitigation -- Developmental competence and the adjudication of juveniles -- Social welfare and juvenile crime regulation -- The developmental model and juvenile justice policy for the twenty-first century -- Is society ready for juvenile justice reform?
Summary: The authors combine their legal and psychology backgrounds to offer a new approach to juvenile justice, based on their exploration of research not available when the punitive laws now in effect were enacted and on their review of current legal standards.
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Introduction : The challenge of Lionel Tate -- The science of adolescent development and teenagers' involvement in crime -- Regulating children in American law : the state as parent and protector -- Why crime is different -- Immaturity and mitigation -- Developmental competence and the adjudication of juveniles -- Social welfare and juvenile crime regulation -- The developmental model and juvenile justice policy for the twenty-first century -- Is society ready for juvenile justice reform?

Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-354) and index.

The authors combine their legal and psychology backgrounds to offer a new approach to juvenile justice, based on their exploration of research not available when the punitive laws now in effect were enacted and on their review of current legal standards.

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This multidisciplinary book is exactly what policy makers should consult when thinking about ways to change a system that is in dire need of repair. The authors begin with a study of the highly publicized Lionel Tate case while building up to what they call the developmental model of juvenile justice for the 21st century. They then argue that juveniles are different in many cognitive and other ways from adults as well as from children. In the past and present, the criminal justice system has used birth age to differentiate defendants. Scott (law, Columbia Univ.) and Steinberg (psychology, Temple Univ.) argue that crime is different, and maturity is a factor to consider beyond birth age. The developmental model takes the position that "adolescent immaturity reduces culpability; that normal adolescents in high-crime neighborhoods may get involved in criminal activity, but most are likely to desist with maturity; and that social context ... plays a key role in adolescent development." The authors then address eight specific issues on which the model works differently than current regulatory practices, including when a juvenile should be tried as an adult. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. D. S. Mann College of Charleston

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