Patching Up the Cracks: A Case Study of Juvenile Court Reform

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Lexington Books, 2005 - Law - 189 pages
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In Patching Up the Cracks Michael D. Grimes evaluates the American juvenile court system, specifically looking at its ability to address child abuse and neglect cases. This project is both a specific case study focusing on the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a discussion of the need to examine the juvenile court system within its larger social and institutional context. Grimes persuasively argues that in order to better evaluate the potential for juvenile court reform, it is crucial to understand the health of the larger community environment within which the court system operates. The book begins with a chronological overview of the evolution of children's rights and a brief history of juvenile justice in America, culminating in a thoroughgoing assessment of its current status. Grimes concludes with a discussion of the need for more adequate studies researchers and students will appreciate the discussion of his own research design and methodology of the ways that juvenile courts treat dependency cases and the processes through which these courts can improve their performance."
 

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Contents

Childrens Rights the Juvenile Court and Child Abuse and Neglect
1
Juvenile Justice in America Juvenile Court Reform and the Analytical Framework for the Study
25
The Studys Setting Its Stimulus and the Research Design
41
Context One The Social and Institutional Environment of the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court
59
Context Two The Perspectives of Key Stakeholders about the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court and the NOCTA Initiative
71
Tasks One and Two Remedy Crafting Implementation and Institutionalization
101
Tasks Three through Nine Remedy Crafting Implementation and Institutionalization
123
Summary Recommendations and Conclusions
151
Bibliography
175
Index
183
About the Author
189
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About the author (2005)

Michael D. Grimes is Professor of Sociology at Louisana State University.

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