Journals Higher Education



Published: 06 October 2005

264 Pages | 4 halftones, 22 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195181173

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American Juvenile Justice

Franklin E. Zimring

This volume makes a major contribution to criminology and the policy analysis of adolescence, presenting a justification for the category of the juvenile or a period of partial responsibility before full adulthood. At the heart of the book is an argument for a penal policy that recognizes diminished responsibility and a youth policy that emphasizes the benefits of letting the maturing process continue with minimal interruption. The book concludes with applications of the core concerns to five specific problem areas in current juvenile justice: teen pregnancy, transfer to criminal court, minority overrepresentation, juvenile gun use, and youth homicide.