Juvenile Delinquency: Past and Present
Redding, R. E., Goldstein, N. E. S., & Heilbrun, K. (2005). Juvenile delinquency: Past and present. In K. Heilbrun, N. E. S. Goldstein, & R. E. Redding, (Eds.), Juvenile Delinquency: Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention (pp. 3-18). New York: Oxford University Press
16 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2014 Last revised: 4 Jun 2014
Date Written: 2005
Youth offending and other antisocial behaviors are a great concern in contemporary society. How such concern is manifested, whether through law, policy, legal decisions about individuals, or the decisions of schools or families about adolescents, has significant implications for liberty, public safety, and accountability -- important cornerstones of the kind of society in which we would like to raise our children. Too often, however, decisions about youthful offending and other antisocial behavior are made in the absence of good information, when such information is not sought or not readily available or is outweighed by competing political considerations. It is our belief that good decision making requires good information. We have asked a number of researchers and scholars prominently associated with important questions in this area to describe what information is available and to critically analyze its implications for policy and practice. In the process, we offer our own description of the important aspects of these questions (in the present chapter) and, in the final chapter, our conclusions about the broader implications of the discussion and analyses in each of the earlier chapters.
Keywords: juvenile delinquency, law, policy, youth
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