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Young Offenders and Youth Justice: A Century After the Fact, 5th Edition

By Sandra J. Bell
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528 pages
ISBN-10: 017653170X
ISBN-13: 9780176531706
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 5th

How far have we come in 100 years of juvenile justice? Have we changed our thinking about youth crime and our responses to it? To address these broader questions, Young Offenders and Youth Justice takes a historical comparative approach and locates contemporary youth justice issues in a historical context. The primary focus of this new edition includes the workings of the system under the YCJA and how that will be affected by Bill C-10 amendments.Young Offenders and Youth Justice differs in its approach to youth crime and justice in that it is not just a collection of “facts” and “theories” about crime and delinquency, nor is it a book about delinquents or young offenders. Rather, it is about how we think about youth and their behaviour, and about how these views are reflected in public discourse, scholarly theorizing, public policy, and institutional responses to “troublesome” youth behaviour. This material is intended to give students an opportunity to reflect on the realities of other lives and views.This book moves away from a presentation of youth as “perpetrators” of crime and emphasizes in various ways that they are also victims and survivors. Each chapter is organized into topics and issues relevant to that chapter that are then revisited in various places throughout the book. Issues such as violence, homeless-ness, victimization, social injustice, and marginalization are multifaceted issues and therefore are addressed from a number of angles.


  • *NEW* The book has been thoroughly revised to include the latest statistics, the latest Canadian research, publications, and case law; relevant sections of the Youth Criminal Justice Act with Bill C-10 amendments.
  • *NEW* Chapter objectives at the beginning of each chapter were changed to learning objectives that correlate to the revised Bloom's Taxonomy.
  • *NEW* Every chapter in this edition references issues that we are facing in Canada with international examples, both in text and through inclusion of International Boxes.
  • Critical Thinking questions at the end of each chapter designed to stimulate class discussion and critical thinking about major issues and themes raised in the chapter.
  • Each chapter ends with a Web Links section that provides links to Internet sites for further research and consideration specific to the topic studied in the chapter.
  • Each chapter ends with a bulleted summary of key points, "facts," people, issues, and theoretical perspectives.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: The Rise and Fall of Delinquency
  • Chapter 2: Creating a Juvenile Justice System: Then and Now
  • Chapter 3: The ?Facts? of Youth Crime
  • Chapter 4: The Social Face of Youth Crime
  • Chapter 5: Explaining Crime and Delinquency: In the Beginning . . .
  • Chapter 6: Different Directions in Theorizing about Youth Crime and Delinquency
  • Chapter 7: Family, School, Peers, and the Youth Crime Problem
  • Chapter 8: First Contact: Police and Diversionary Measures
  • Chapter 9: Going to Court
  • Chapter 10: Youth Corrections: Going to Jail
  • Chapter 11: Perpetuating Social Injustice
  • Chapter 12: A Century after the Fact: What Do We Know? Where Are We Going?