The study of juvenile justice process and systems is an investigation of a truly unique network that is predicated on a distinctive body of theory. Juvenile Justice: Process and Systems is an ideal textbook for those who wish to explore the theory and practice of providing justice to juveniles. Author Gus Martin introduces readers to juvenile justice in the contemporary era, while providing a contextual grounding in the historical origins of modern process and systems. This book is a review of institutions, procedures, and theories that are specifically directed toward addressing the problems of juvenile deviance and victimization.
Organized into four thematic parts, Juvenile Justice presents a logical sequence of topics that are designed to incrementally build upon the concepts introduced in previous chapters. Part I introduces students to the fundamental considerations that are essential for developing a contextual understanding of the juvenile justice process. Part II examines the roles of the police, juvenile court, and corrections systems. Part III reviews the unique community-based innovations found in the juvenile justice system. Part IV takes a look at the future challenges of juvenile justice.
- Chapter Opening Vignettes. Each chapter begins with an engaging narrative focusing on an event or incident that will set the stage for the chapter.
- Chapter Perspectives. The chapters incorporate boxed inserts that explore people, events, and organizations that are relevant to the subject matter of each chapter.
- Extensive Illustration Program. The frequent use of tables with up-to-date data along with carefully selected photographsenhance the chapter discussions.
- "Juvenile Justice Professions." At the ends of chapters are profiles of occupations that interact with the juvenile justice system on a daily basis.
- Discussion Boxes. Challenging questions and provocative information are presented in a case format at the ends of chapters to stimulate critical thinking and further debate.
- Key Terms and Concepts. Important terms and ideas introduced in each chapter are listed for review and are further explored in the book's glossary.
- Web Exercises. Internet exercises at the end of each chapter have been designed to provoke class discussion and prompt further research.
- Student Study Site. Accompanying the text is a study site http: //www.sagepub.com/martin with interactive quizzes, electronic flashcards, recommended Web sites, links to sites provided in the Web Exercises, and more.
Juvenile Justice is designed for undergraduate students studying juvenile justice systems, juvenile justice process, juvenile delinquency, and law enforcement in the departments of Administration of Justice, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Political Science, Sociology, and other disciplines in the social sciences.