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Justice for KidsKeeping Kids Out of the Juvenile Justice System$
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Nancy E. Dowd

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814721377

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814721377.001.0001

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Justice for Kids

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Justice for Kids

Nancy E. Dowd

NYU Press

This book proposes a novel kind of justice for kids, one that provides them with opportunities to grow and supports their families and communities while keeping them out of the juvenile justice system. It argues that America's juvenile justice system needs to be reconceptualized around children's needs so as to prevent and reduce juvenile crime and at the same time foster healthy child development grounded in evidence-based, effective interventions and systemic restructuring. Drawing on insights from scholars and experts in the field, the book examines various systems, including daycare, foster care, mental health care and special education, and education. It also explores the implications of race, gender, and sexual orientation for juvenile justice; looks at the police and the process of legal socialization; and describes a number of initiatives that exemplify a localized, evidence-based approach to juvenile justice.

Keywords:   juvenile justice system, children, juvenile crime, child development, race, gender, sexual orientation, juvenile justice, police, legal socialization

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