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Juvenile Justice: A Social, Historical, and Legal Perspective, Fourth Edition

Author(s): Preston Elrod, PhD, Professor and Division Chair, School of Justice Studies, Eastern Kentucky University
R. Scott Ryder, JD, Tribal Court Administrator, Adjunct Faculty, Spring Arbor University
  • ISBN-13: 9781284031126
  • Product With Access Code    522 pages      © 2014
Price: $168.95 US List
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A Fully Revised and Updated Edition of the Essential Juvenile Justice Textbook

The juvenile justice system is a multifaceted entity that continually changes under the influence of decisions, policies, and laws. Juvenile Justice: A Social, Historical, and Legal Perspective, Fourth Edition is the most comprehensive reference on the juvenile justice system available. Reader-friendly but thorough, the text contains the most up-to-date research on juvenile justice operations and their effectiveness and is authored by two experts in the field. It presents contemporary topics in juvenile justice and situates them within a historical and theoretical context, covering juvenile justice history, the development of the juvenile court in the U.S., and contemporary juvenile justice practice, as well as chapters on status and violent offenders, and working in juvenile justice. Myth v. Reality boxes, FYI boxes, and Comparative Focus boxes provide students with important information, challenge preconceived ideas students may have about juvenile justice practice, critically examine juvenile justice practice, and maintain student interest.

The fully revised and updated fourth edition includes the latest statistics and research data, new photos and figures, coverage of contemporary court cases, and new pedagogical features. Ideally suited for undergraduate students in juvenile justice courses, as well as graduate students and professionals seeking a comprehensive juvenile justice reference, Juvenile Justice: A Social, Historical, and Legal Perspective, Fourth Edition is the leading juvenile justice textbook on the market today.

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Features & Benefits

  • Available in paperback with more photos and figures to assist students in retaining key concepts.
  • Increased coverage of juvenile justice in other cultures within the comparative examples.
  • Current research on juvenile justice operations and effectiveness.
  • Coverage of contemporary court cases related to juvenile justice.
  • Accomplished authors with over 40 years of combined experience working in the juvenile justice system and teaching related courses.
  • Full student access to the Navigate Companion Website with every new printed copy. Students will find a wealth of engaging study and learning tools to help them succeed in a juvenile justice course.
  • Instructor resources, including PowerPoint Lecture Outlines and Test Bank.

Applicable Courses

Suitable for courses offering a comprehensive overview of the operation and effectiveness of juvenile justice practice. Ideal for undergraduate students in Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice courses. Also an appropriate resource for introductory law students. 

Chapter 1  The Context of Juvenile Justice: Defining Basic Concepts and Examining Public Perceptions of Juvenile Crime
Chapter 2  Measuring the Extent of Juvenile Delinquency
Chapter 3  Theory and research: The Social Context of Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
Chapter 4  Early Juvenile Justice: Before the Juvenile Court
Chapter 5  The Development of the Juvenile Court
Chapter 6  Public and Police Responses to Juvenile Offenders
Chapter 7  Juvenile Diversion
Chapter 8  Preadjudication Processes in Juvenile Justice
Chapter 9  The Transfer of Juveniles to Criminal Court
Chapter 10  The Contemporary Juvenile Court
Chapter 11  Community-Based correctional Programs for Juvenile Offenders
Chapter 12  Institutional Corrections Programs for Juvenile Offenders
Chapter 13  The Status Offender in Juvenile Justice
Chapter 14  Juvenile Justice and the Serious, Chronic, or Violent Juvenile Offender
Chapter 15  Present Conditions and Future Directions in Juvenile Justice
Chapter 16  Working in Juvenile Justice

Preston Elrod, PhD-Professor and Division Chair, School of Justice Studies, Eastern Kentucky University

Preston Elrod received his BA in History from Presbyterian College and his MA (Honors) and PhD in Sociology from Western Michigan University. He has taught at Texas Christian University and University of North Carolina –Charlotte. He currently serves as Professor and Division Chair, Undergraduate Studies, in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on juvenile justice, and undergraduate courses on criminological theory. Among his published works are studies on citizens’ attitudes toward the death penalty, juvenile justice policy development, public attitudes toward electronic monitoring, the effectiveness of interventions for juvenile probationers, and the experiences of adolescent jail inmates. He is former co-director of a model school-based delinquency reduction program, and he has worked in juvenile justice as a court intake officer and as the supervisor of a juvenile probation department. He served as the first chairperson of the Madison County Delinquency Prevention Council, and he continues to be actively involved in a variety of community activities designed to assist at-risk youths and their families. When not at work, he likes spending time with his family, and he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities.

R. Scott Ryder, JD-Tribal Court Administrator, Adjunct Faculty, Spring Arbor University

R. Scott Ryder graduated magna cum laude from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, in 1971 with a BA in History. He attended Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1974. He was admitted to practice law in Michigan on January 17, 1975, and continues in the practice of law to the present day. He began his involvement in juvenile justice in 1975 while working as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Shiawassee County, Michigan, with primary responsibility for all proceedings in the juvenile court. His involvement in the juvenile justice system continued after leaving Shiawassee County. He served as chief hearing referee and then research referee for 25 years at the Kalamazoo County, Michigan, juvenile court and later at the family court. After retiring from his referee position in May 2004, he became the juvenile court director for St. Joseph County, Michigan, a position he held until 2007, when he went to work for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi as their tribal court administrator, and he also represented the tribe in state courts as their Indian child welfare attorney from 2008 to 2012. In addition to working in the courts, he has extensive training and teaching experience. He was an instructor/trainer for the Michigan Judicial Institute, the Michigan Department of Human Services, and the Michigan Supreme Court Administrator’s Office. He has taught at the college level as an adjunct assistant professor at Western Michigan University, as an instructor at Glenn Oaks Community College, and as adjunct faculty at Spring Arbor University. He also has a limited private legal practice. When he is not working, teaching, or writing, his hobbies include officiating soccer, playing golf, and reading. He is married to Denise and has three adult sons and an adult stepdaughter.

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