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NCJ Number: 180206 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Second Chances--100 Years of the Children's Court: Giving Kids a Chance to Make a Better Choice
Author(s): Bernardine Dohrn; Steven Drizin; Stephen Harper; Christina G. Kanelos; Theresa Rowland; Vincent Schiraldi; Jason Ziedenberg; Lauren Chambliss; Jill Herschman
Corporate Author: Justice Policy Institute
United States of America

Children and Family Justice Ctr
Northwestern University School of Law, Legal Clinic
United States of America
Editor(s): Jason Ziedenberg
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 142
Sponsoring Agency: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Baltimore, MD 21202
Children and Family Justice Ctr
Chicago, IL 60611
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL 60603
Justice Policy Institute
Washington, DC 20005
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: Justice Policy Institute
1012 14th Street, NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America

Children and Family Justice Ctr
Northwestern University School of Law, Legal Clinic
357 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Biography
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book profiles 25 individuals who went through the court when they were younger, turned their lives around, and made something of themselves.
Abstract: They are prosecutors, politicians, poets, and probation officers; academics, attorneys, athletes, and authors; students, stockbrokers, and sales people; football players and firefighters. When they were kids, every one of them was in trouble with the law. Without the protections and rehabilitative focus of the Juvenile Court--a uniquely American invention that was the idea of a group of Chicago women activists in the 1800's--many of them would simply not be where they are today. The first juvenile court catered to the needs of abused and neglected children as well as delinquent children. The basic tenets of the juvenile court--rehabilitation, confidentiality, giving kids a second chance, and keeping them separate from adults in prisons and jails--are as important now as they ever were. Yet today the juvenile court is under attack, despite evidence that it turns young people away from crime and protects them from the dangers of incarceration with adults. The book expresses hope for a rekindling of the enthusiasm of the turn-of-the-century crusaders and founders of the juvenile court.
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Behavioral science research; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile courts; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile Delinquency prevention planning; Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Juvenile justice reform; Youth advocates
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