Dispatches from Juvenile Hall: Fixing a Failing System

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Penguin, Aug 25, 2009 - Social Science - 208 pages
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A revolutionary book that offers a fresh, bold approach to confronting the juvenile crime epidemic With the rise of violent crimes committed by teenagers in recent years, heated discussion has arisen over the societal factors that lead to juvenile criminality and the ways that public institutions are failing to curtail them. Now a team of experts with decades of collective hands-on experience present a book that cuts through the hype and paranoia to offer real solutions. Drawing on actual case studies, Dispatches from Juvenile Hall shows how conventional ?tough on crime? tactics have only worsened the problem, and presents a new blueprint for change that incorporates punitive action, rehabilitation, and family intervention?a progressive program that will encourage and enlighten all those concerned about the future of our youth.
 

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Lisa Smith is the director of the Lane County Department of Youth Services. Over the past twenty years, she has developed and implemented juvenille justice programs, lead system reform, and authored two books and numerous articles on the subject.

Linda Wagner has worked as the research and development coordinator in the Lane County Department of Youth Services for many years, evaluating the impact of juvenile justice policy and system reform.

John Aarons is a casework coordinator with the Lane County Department of Youth Services. Previously he worked as a consultant for the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges. All are frequent speakers on the subject of juvenile crime.

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