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The Politicization of SafetyCritical Perspectives on Domestic Violence Responses$
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Jane Stoever

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479805648

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479805648.001.0001

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Specializing Justice for Youth and Families

Specializing Justice for Youth and Families

Intervening in Family Violence or Expanding the Carceral Net?

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The Politicization of Safety

Amy M. Magnus

NYU Press

‘Specialized justice’ is deeply rooted in a movement toward socializing and humanizing crime and justice in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Structurally and ideologically, this movement influenced courts to maintain their law-upholding purpose while simultaneously operating as a public service to communities in need. Based on this ideological and structural shift, specialized justice via specialty courts is one mechanism through which citizens should be able to access justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, and restorative forms of justice. Given this reality, this chapter serves as an entry point for a critical assessment of alternative and specialized justice initiatives, their historical roots, and the potential collateral consequences of specializing justice for crossover youth and families in particular. This chapter posits some of the benefits, challenges, and potential drawbacks of alternative justice initiatives of this kind, especially in relation to the adversarial and punitive justice model from which they derive.

Keywords:   Specialized justice, Alternative forms of justice, Access to justice, Punishment, Social control, Family justice, Juvenile justice, Crossover youth, Multi-system involvement, Specialized courts

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