Choosing the Future for American Juvenile Justice

256 pages

18 b/w graphs and 4 tables

May, 2014

ISBN: 9781479834440



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Franklin E. Zimring is William G. Simon Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley Law School. He is the author of several books, including The City That Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control and American Juvenile Justice.

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David S. Tanenhaus is Professor of History and James E. Rogers Professor of History and Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of The Constitutional Rights of Children and Juvenile Justice in the Making. He is also co-editor, with Franklin Zimring, of the series Youth, Crime, and Justice for NYU Press.

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This is a hopeful but complicated era for those with ambitions to reform the juvenile courts and youth-serving public institutions in the United States. As advocates plea for major reforms, many fear the public backlash in making dramatic changes. Choosing the Future for American Juvenile Justice provides a look at the recent trends in juvenile justice as well as suggestions for reforms and policy changes in the future. Should youth be treated as adults when they break the law? How can youth be deterred from crime? What factors should be considered in how youth are punished?What role should the police have in schools?

This essential volume, edited by two of the leading scholars on juvenile justice, and with contributors who are among the key experts on each issue, the volume focuses on the most pressing issues of the day: the impact of neuroscience on our understanding of brain development and subsequent sentencing, the relationship of schools and the police, the issue of the school-to-prison pipeline, the impact of immigration, the privacy of juvenile records, and the need for national policies—including registration requirements--for juvenile sex offenders. Choosing the Future for American Juvenile Justice is not only a timely collection, based on the most current research, but also a forward-thinking volume that anticipates the needs for substantive and future changes in juvenile justice.


  • "After two decades of ‘get-tough’ policies that repudiated the original idea that ‘children are different,’ Choosing the Future for American Juvenile Justice provides an important and timely antidote. The essays examine both how politicians forgot juvenile courts’ founding principles and explore policy directions for the future. This outstanding collection by leading scholars examines important, but seldom addressed issues and concludes with a course of action for sensible policy reforms."

    —Barry Feld, author of Kids, Cops, and Confessions: Inside the Interrogation Room

  • "This is an extraordinary volume. The contributors do more than remind us of the importance of the juvenile court to jurisprudence in America and elsewhere in the world. They give us nuanced directions on how to re-establish a juvenile justice system that is effective, fair, rational and developmentally appropriate."

    —Robert G. Schwartz, Executive Director, Juvenile Law Center, and co-editor of Youth on Trial

  • “Categorized as a volume addressing criminology and law, this book has value beyond so narrow a scope. Indeed, it should be required reading for school administrators and board members, teachers-in-training, and youth advocates of all stripes, that these professionals might reconsider the implications of such practices as policing schools with school resource officers and feeding the school-to-prison pipeline.”

    Voya Voice of Youth Advocates

  • “Zimring and Tanenhaus’ Choosing the Future for American Juvenile Justice is a significant contribution to the study of adolescents. It provides a wealth of data and sharpens the argument for the immediate need to enact progressive reforms in the juvenile justice system.”

    J Youth Adolescence