(In)justice for Juveniles: Rethinking the Best Interests of the Child

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Lexington Books, 1989 - Political Science - 184 pages
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In this highly charged, insightful investigation, Ira Schwartz takes us through a fascinating inquiry into the entire juvenile justice system in the United States. Tracing the past twenty years of attempted reforms through current trends, he measures the impact of various administrative, legal, and fiscal reform efforts and illustrtes how the contemporary juvenile justice system is still in shambles for the majority of our youth.
 

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Contents

While the Reformers Slept
1
Rude Awakening
2
Great Expectations
4
Winds of Change
5
Retrenchment in the States
7
Returning to the Good Old Days
11
Discussion
15
Notes
18
The Child Advocates
89
With Friends Like These Who Needs Enemies?
91
People and Events That Have Made a Difference
99
Discussion
103
Notes
105
The Federal Role
107
A Sneak Preview of the Juvenile Justice Agenda for the Next Eight Years
108
The Politics of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974
110

References
19
The Facts and Myths of Juvenile Crime
23
Perpetuating the Myths
24
Popular Myths
26
Juvenile Crime Trends
29
Discussion
33
Notes
34
References
35
The Politics of Juvenile Corrections
37
Changing Patterns of Incarceration
40
Incarceration of Minority Youth
47
Limited Benefits of Incarceration
50
The Quiet Revolution
51
An Area Ripe for Reform
55
Facts Dont Always Make a Difference
57
Discussion
59
Notes
61
References
62
The Jailing of Juveniles
65
A Blow Is Struck for Kids
66
The National Campaign to End the Practice of Jailing Juveniles
69
A National Priority
72
Opposition to the Jail Removal Amendment
73
The Struggle Is Far from Over
77
Discussion
82
Notes
84
References
86
A National Priority
115
The Liberal Agenda
117
The New Agenda
118
The Administration Wants the Facts Out
123
Discussion
124
Notes
127
References
128
Being Abused at Better Prices
131
We Can Fix Your Kids
132
A Look Inside the Hidden System
136
Quality of Treatment
139
Does Hospitalization Work?
142
Discussion
143
Notes
146
References
147
The Juvenile Court
149
The History of the Juvenile Court
150
Restructuring the Juvenile Court
159
Discussion
164
References
165
The Next Twenty Years
167
An Action Agenda
169
A Broader Social Agenda
177
Discussion
179
Index
181
About the Author
185
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About the author (1989)

A past administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice, Ira Schwartz now serves as a professor and director of the Center for the Study of Youth Policy at the University of Michigan's School of Social Work.

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