Fundamentals of Juvenile Justice



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The Table of Contents

The textbook is divided into eight chapters. Each chapter covers a different topic in Juvenile Justice. The chapters are as follows:

Section 1: Introduction to Juvenile Justice

  • Section 1.1: History of Juvenile Justice Systems
  • Section 1.2: Rehabilitation vs. Punishment
  • Section 1.3: Key Principles of Juvenile Justice
  • Section 1.4: The Role of the Community 
  • Section 1.5: Comparative Juvenile Justice Systems 

Section 2: Legal Framework and Rights

  • Section 2.1: Status Offenses vs. Delinquent Offenses
  • Section 2.2: Constitutional Rights of Juveniles
  • Section 2.3: The Juvenile Court Process
  • Section 2.4: Legal Representation 
  • Section 2.5: Key Supreme Court Cases 

Section 3: Juvenile Delinquency

  • Section 3.1: Theoretical Perspectives on Juvenile Delinquency
  • Section 3.2: Risk Factors and Protective Factors
  • Section 3.3: Early Intervention and Prevention Programs
  • Section 3.4: School-Based Prevention and Intervention Strategies
  • Section 3.5: Community and Family-Based Approaches

Section 4: Juvenile Court Procedures

  • Section 4.1: The Role and Structure of Juvenile Courts
  • Section 4.2: Juvenile Probation: Objectives and Challenges
  • Section 4.3: Detention and Alternatives to Detention
  • Section 4.4: Adjudication and Disposition Hearings
  • Section 4.5: The Role of Juvenile Court Judges and Probation Officers

Section 5: Rehabilitation Programs

  • Section 5.1: Assessment and Individualized Treatment Planning
  • Section 5.2: Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions
  • Section 5.3: Educational and Vocational Training Programs
  • Section 5.4: Family Therapy and Parenting Programs
  • Section 5.5: Recidivism and Measures of Program Effectiveness

Section 6: Special Topics in Juvenile Justice

  • Section 6.1: Juveniles and the Drug Trade
  • Section 6.2: Gang Involvement and Prevention Strategies
  • Section 6.3: Mental Health Issues Among Juvenile Offenders
  • Section 6.4: Juvenile Sex Offenders: Assessment and Intervention
  • Section 6.5: The Intersection of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

Section 7: Juvenile Justice Policy and Reform

  • Section 7.1: Current Trends and Challenges in Juvenile Justice
  • Section 7.2: Evidence-Based Policy Making in Juvenile Justice
  • Section 7.3: Restorative Justice Approaches
  • Section 7.4: The Impact of Technology on Juvenile Justice
  • Section 7.5: Future Directions for Juvenile Justice Reform

Section 8: Innovation in Juvenile Justice

  • Section 8.1: Digital Interventions for Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Section 8.2: Electronic Monitoring and GPS Tracking
  • Section 8.3: Data Analytics and Risk Assessment Tools in Decision Making
  • Section 8.4: Social Media’s Impact on Juvenile Delinquency
  • Section 8.5: Careers in Juvenile Justice

Statement of Purpose

Welcome to Fundamentals of Juvenile Justice, an open educational resource (OER) textbook that aims to provide a comprehensive and engaging learning experience for students. This freely available online textbook embodies modern thinking and best practices in textbook pedagogy while also offering the unique advantage of immediate reader feedback to enhance the content continually.

Our purpose is to offer a clear and accessible resource that equips students with a solid foundation in juvenile justice. By making this textbook freely available online, we ensure that learners from diverse backgrounds can access high-quality educational materials without financial barriers. This OER version also enables readers to actively participate in the improvement of the textbook by providing immediate feedback to the authors regarding the content, thereby fostering a collaborative and iterative learning experience.

Through the integration of real-life examples, diverse perspectives, and current research, we strive to make the study of juvenile justice relevant and meaningful to students’ lives. This open textbook encourages active learning, featuring numerous opportunities for students to engage with the material through thought-provoking exercises, reflective activities, and application-based scenarios.

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Modification History

File Created:  02/14/2024

Last Modified:  04/03/2024


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