Fundamentals of Juvenile Justice

Fundamentals of Juvenile Justice by Jennifer M. Miller and Adam J. McKee


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:

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Section 1: Introduction to Juvenile Justice

Section 2: Legal Framework and Rights

Section 3: Juvenile Delinquency

Section 4: Juvenile Court Procedures

Section 5: Rehabilitation Programs

Section 6: Special Topics in Juvenile Justice

Section 7: Juvenile Justice Policy and Reform

Section 8: Innovation in Juvenile Justice

Course Level SLOs
  • Identify key trends and policies shaping juvenile justice, focusing on decarceration and integration of community resources.
  • Explain the roles and functions of digital tools and electronic monitoring in juvenile rehabilitation and monitoring.
  • Assess the impact of social media on juvenile behavior and legal implications, emphasizing cyberbullying and online grooming.
  • Discuss the effectiveness of behavioral and cognitive interventions, like CBT, in juvenile settings using case studies.
  • Analyze disparities in juvenile justice, including racial and gender biases, and propose methods to address them.
  • Evaluate evidence-based practices in juvenile justice, identifying factors that enhance or hinder their implementation.
  • Describe the integration of mental health services in juvenile justice, detailing challenges and successful models.
  • Compare educational and vocational programs within juvenile justice, analyzing their impact on recidivism and reintegration.
  • Discuss career opportunities in juvenile justice, detailing the required education and challenges faced in these roles.
  • Analyze restorative justice approaches, evaluating their effectiveness in reducing recidivism and aiding community healing.

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.

The benefits of the free online OER version are numerous. Firstly, it eliminates financial barriers, making quality education accessible to all students. Secondly, the digital format enables readers to access the textbook anytime, anywhere, fostering flexibility and convenience.

As authors, we are committed to continuous improvement, actively seeking and incorporating reader feedback to enhance the textbook’s content and pedagogical effectiveness. By providing an open platform for engagement and dialogue, we foster a community of learners who actively contribute to the ongoing development of “Fundamentals of Juvenile Justice.”

Modification History

File Created:  02/14/2024

Last Modified:  05/03/2024


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