Bad Kids Race and the Transformation of the Juvenile Court

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-03-18
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Written by a leading scholar of juvenile justice, this book explores the social and legal changes that have transformed the juvenile court in the last three decades from a nominally rehabilitative welfare agency into a scaled-down criminal court for young offenders. It explores the complex relationship between race and youth crime to explain both the Supreme Court decision to provide delinquents with procedural justice and the more recent political impetus to "get tough" on young offenders. This provocative book will be necessary reading for criminal and juvenile justice scholars, sociologists, legislators, and juvenile justice personnel.

Author Biography

Barry Feld is Centennial Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. He has written five books and more than three dozen law review and criminology articles on juvenile justice administration with specil emphases on serious offenders, procedural justice, and youth sentencing policy.

Table of Contents

Figures and Tablesp. xv
Introductionp. 3
The Social Construction of Childhood and Adolescencep. 17
The Juvenile Court and the "Rehabilitative Ideal"p. 46
The Constitutional Domestication of the Juvenile Courtp. 79
Procedural Justice in Juvenile Courts: Law on the Books and Law in Actionp. 109
Social Control and Noncriminal Status Offenders: Triage and Privatizationp. 166
Delinquent or Criminal? Juvenile Court's Shrinking Jurisdiction over Serious Young Offendersp. 189
Punishment, Treatment, and the Juvenile Court: Sentencing Delinquentsp. 245
Abolish the Juvenile Court: Sentencing Policy When the Child Is a Criminal and the Criminal Is a Childp. 287
Epiloguep. 331
Referencesp. 343
Indexp. 367
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