Re-visioning Youth Justice
This introductory chapter provides an overview of the current juvenile justice system. Many have criticized and critiqued the current system, including judges, prosecutors, public defenders, defense lawyers, advocates for youth, teachers, and scholars. The current juvenile justice system is considered a failure due to its disservice to the youth, its role in increasing criminal conduct and threats to public safety, its racial and ethnic bias, and the damage it does to the youth that go through its doors. Moreover, the system most heavily burdens disenfranchised and historically subordinated communities. This threatens to reinforce structures of subordination along enduring divides of race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality. This book aims to re-vision the current system, proposing a system of support for young people that ensures their development, and that simultaneously serves the community's goals of public safety.
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