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The Cycle of Juvenile Justice

Second Edition

Thomas J. Bernard and Megan C. Kurlychek

Publication Date - 14 October 2010

ISBN: 9780195370362

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

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A provocative and honest assessment of juvenile justice in the 21st century


The Cycle of Juvenile Justice takes a historical look at juvenile justice policies in the United States. Tracing a pattern of policies over the past 200 years, the book reveals cycles of reforms advocating either lenient treatment or harsh punishments for juvenile delinquents. Bernard and Kurlychek see this cycle as driven by several unchanging ideas that force us to repeat, rather than learn from, our history. This timely new edition provides a substantial update from the original, incorporating the vast policy changes from the 1990s to the present, and placing these changes in their broader historical context and their place within the cycle of juvenile justice. The authors provide a provocative and honest assessment of juvenile justice in the 21st century, arguing that no policy can solve the problem of youth crime since it arises not from the juvenile justice system, but from deeper social conditions and inequalities. With this highly-anticipated new edition, The Cycle of Juvenile Justice will continue to provide a controversial, challenging, and enlightening perspective for a broad array of juvenile justice officials, scholars, and students alike.

New to this Edition

  • Many new chapters incorporate recent developments since the publication of the previous edition
  • The authors have refined their argument on the types of cycles in which the juvenile justice system alternates


  • A timely update to one of the most respected resources on juvenile justice, addressing the most current issues
  • Half of the book is new, showing how recent changes have either further perpetuated the cycle of juvenile justice, or how, in rare instances, prescriptions for change and improvement have been implemented

About the Author(s)

Thomas J. Bernard was Professor of Crime, Law, and Justice at Pennsylvania State University.

Megan C. Kurlychek is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany, SUNY.


"There is much to like in the second edition, including references to more contemporary data and detailed treatment of important new developments, so this revision is quite timely. I applaud the authors for a solid, effective revision of an outstanding book."--Robert Brame, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

"This 'hits' on all counts. This second edition revision is as engaging, easy to read, and well-argued as the first. Scholars will cite it in their research, graduate and undergraduate students will learn a great deal from it, and it will certainly enhance the efforts of many practitioners and juvenile justice officials."--Daniel P. Mears, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University

"The Cycle of Juvenile Justice was a worthy book the first time and the second edition is an even more worthy successor."--Barry C. Feld, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota

"Written in accessible, engaging prose and arranged in an especially organized fashion with a multitude of headings and subheadings to guide the reader through a systematic application of a refreshingly parsimonious model. Highly recommended." --Choice

Table of Contents

    1. Ideas and the Cycle of Juvenile Justice
    2. What Stays the Same in History?
    3. The Origin of Juvenile Delinquency
    4. The Origin of Juvenile Justice: Juvenile Institutions
    5. The Origin of Juvenile Justice: The Juvenile Court
    6. The Supreme Court and Due Process
    7. Adjudication Hearings Today: An Idea That Didn't Sell
    9. Youths in the Adult System
    10. Juvenile Justice in the 21st Century
    11. The Lessons of History Applied Today
    12. The End of Juvenile Delinquency?

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