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NCJ Number: 183684 Find in a Library
Title: And Justice for All: The Legal Rights of Young People
Author(s): Sandra Nunez; Trish Marx
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 176
Sponsoring Agency: Millbrook Press
Brookfield, CT 06804
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7613-0068-6
Sale Source: Millbrook Press
2 Old New Milford Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This volume explores the gradual recognition of the rights of minors to a voice in legal matters that affect them, describes situations that have been questioned to the point where laws changed in response, and examines issues currently being debated.
Abstract: The analysis focuses on each major legal issue that affects children and young people. These include child custody, the child’s right to safety, criminal issues, freedom of speech, the right to privacy, discrimination, and child labor laws. The discussion of each topic begins with a case received wide attention and that raised central issues. The text then discusses the history of each issue and outlines the current status and unanswered questions. The information is intended for child advocates, other adults, and youth. The analysis concludes that a delicate balance of power has to be maintained between the child, the parent, and the government. Children have some independent rights, parents have the rights and responsibilities concerning their children, and the government has an obligation to protect children. Each era brings its own political, social, and economic challenges and will experience inevitable conflicts as each entity pursues its own standard of preserving the best interests of the child. Photographs, index, chapter reference notes, appended text of the Bill of Rights, and 12 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Child custody; Child welfare; Discrimination; Freedom of speech; Juvenile codes; Juvenile court procedures; Juvenile justice policies; Law reform; Parental rights; Right of privacy; Rights of minors; US Supreme Court decisions
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