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Youth, Crime, and Justice: Learning Through Cases
Erika Gebo and Carolyn Boyes-Watson
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Softcover / Sep 2017
9781442237452 (ISBN-10: 1442237457)
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270 pages
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Youth, Crime, and Justice is a comprehensive introduction to juvenile justice through a unique case-study approach. Each chapter opens with an engaging case, followed by an explanatory chapter that teaches core concepts, key terms, and critical issues.

This accessible textbook covers the historical evolution of the core institutions charged with the socialization, guidance, and regulation of children and youth in the modern era, including the family, schools, communities, child welfare, and the juvenile justice system. Adopting a life course perspective, the book examines the changing legal, social, and political landscape of childhood and adolescence in America. The authors take an intersectional focus, examining the dynamics of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, power, and privilege. The book discusses the juvenile justice system, including police, courts, corrections, and recent community innovations, in relation to the latest research on positive youth development and best practices.

Accompanying the text is an open-access Companion Website designed to reinforce the main topics and help you master key vocabulary and concepts through flashcards and self-graded quizzes.


This book focuses on essential topics in the contemporary study of juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, presenting them in an accessible and informative way. The case studies provide an especially useful starting point for getting students interested in the important subject matter covered in the text.
— Christopher J. Sullivan, University of Cincinnati

This book is unique and valuable in that before introducing the chapter material on causes and consequences of juvenile justice system involvement, it introduces students to real-life cases of youths who have faced this experience. Giving students this human context allows them to gain a deeper understanding of what it is really like for youth in trouble. This is an excellent, brief, and easy-to-read textbook for those who prefer to prompt critical thinking and discussion in class.
— Jodi Lane, University of Florida


Part I: Foundations of Youth, Crime, and Justice
Chapter 1: Youth, Society, and the Law
Case Study 1: Judging Gina
Chapter 2: Youth and Developmental Institutions
Case Study 2: Saving or Exploiting Children?
Chapter 3: Paradigms of Youth Justice
Case Study 3: A Tragedy or a Crime?
Part II: Pathways to Crime
Chapter 4: Delinquency, Victimization, and Pathways to Offending for Boys
Case Study 4: Learning the Code
Chapter 5: Delinquency, Victimization, and Pathways to Offending for Girls
Case Study 5: Addicted to Love: Growing Up on the Track
Chapter 6: Gangs and Serious, Violent, Chronic Offenders
Case Study 6: Confessions of a Former Latin King
Chapter 7: Youth, Schools, and Problem Behaviors
Case Study 7: Understanding the Horror at Columbine High School
Part III: The Contemporary Juvenile Justice System
Chapter 8: Youth and Police
Case Study 8: Victor Rios—Changing What Police See
Chapter 9: Youth and the Courts
Case Study 9: Judging Our Youth
Chapter 10: Youth and Corrections
Case Study 10: From Punishment to Rehabilitation
Chapter 11: Prevention, Intervention, and the Future of the Juvenile Justice System
Case Study 11: A Matter of Degrees

About the Authors:

Erika Gebo is associate professor of sociology and director of the graduate program in Crime and Justice Studies at Suffolk University. She is the co-editor of Looking Beyond Suppression: Community Responses to Gang Violence.

Carolyn Boyes-Watson is professor of sociology and director of the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University. She is the author of Crime and Justice: Learning through Cases.

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