Promise Unfulfilled: Juvenile Justice in America

IDEA. 2012. c.256p. ed. by with Lorraine Boissoneault. bibliog. ISBN 9781617700392. pap. $24.95. LAW
Collecting both new and previously published articles by various experts on the U.S. juvenile justice system, Crawford (formerly with Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern Univ. Sch. of Law), with writer Boissoneault, creates a groundwork from which the nation's current, defective justice system for minors can be understood. Contributors include James Bell, founder and director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, and Jacqueline Bullard, a defender at the appellate level in Illinois. Among the critical issues analyzed throughout the collection are policy trends, minority overrepresentation, and costs of defending indigents. The pieces are all appropriately documented with dependable references. Discussion questions appear at the close of each of the five chapters.
VERDICT For those interested in the current state of the U.S. juvenile justice system, this title provides a good overview as well as a solid springboard for discussion and future study. A similar book is Juvenile Justice: A Text/Reader by Richard Lawrence and Craig Hemmens.
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