Juvenile Justice in the Making

Juvenile Justice in the Making

by David S. Tanenhaus, Bernardine Dohrn

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In his engaging narrative history of the rise and workings of America's first juvenile court, David S. Tanenhaus explores the fundamental and enduring question of how the law should treat the young. Sifting through almost 3,000 previously unexamined Chicago case files from the early twentieth century, Tanenhaus reveals how children's advocates slowly built up a separate system for juveniles, all the while fighting political and legal battles to legitimate this controversial institution. Harkening back to a more hopeful and nuanced age, Juvenile Justice in the Making provides a valuable historical framework for thinking about youth policy.

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ISBN-13: 9780199882908
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/04/2004
Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 822 KB

About the Author

Co-editor of A Century of Juvenile Justice and Editor of the Law and History Review, David S. Tanenhaus is Associate Professor of History and the James E. Rogers Professor of History and Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Table of Contents

1. Imagining a Children's Court
2. Building a Model Court
3. Preserving the Family
4. Legitimating Juvenile Justice
5. Medicalizing Delinquency
6. Organizing the Community
Appendix: The Cook County Juvenile Court Case Files
Bibliographic Essay

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