Written by a leading scholar of juvenile justice, this book
examines the social and legal changes that have transformed the
juvenile court in the last three decades from a nominally
rehabilitative welfare agency into a scaled-down criminal court for
young offenders. It explores the complex relationship between race
and youth crime to explain both the Supreme Court decisions to
provide delinquents with procedural justice and the more recent
political impetus to "get tough" on young offenders. This
provocative book will be necessary reading for criminal and
juvenile justice scholars, sociologists, legislators, and juvenile
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