The Juvenile Justice System & Gault at 50

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In reviewing 50 years of salient developments, Reaffirming Juvenile Justice demonstrates a trajectory that reaffirms juvenile justice as a system concerned with the well-being of children and youth, and one capable of—but not yet accomplished in—compassionate and competent care and supervision of delinquents.

The Juvenile Justice System & Gault at 50

In the last half century, Court decisions, delinquency trends, technological advancements, ideological considerations and politicized policymaking have heavily influenced the direction of juvenile justice in the United States. It has evolved from a system seeking the best interests of wayward youth to one that punishes youthful offenders to one that employs evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies.

Protection of the community, accountability of deviant youth and effective treatment are challenging goals that signify the mission of the juvenile justice system. In reviewing 50 years of salient developments, Reaffirming Juvenile Justice demonstrates a trajectory that reaffirms juvenile justice as a system concerned with the well-being of children and youth, and one capable of—but not yet accomplished in—compassionate and competent care and supervision of delinquents.

‘Fifty years after the landmark Gault decision revolutionized juvenile justice, Merlo and Benekos undertake a sweeping and comprehensive review of that system. Reaffirming Juvenile Justice powerfully documents legal decisions and key policy debates in the decades that followed. A must-read for those concerned about how the United States treats its most vulnerable youth.’ -Meda Chesney-Lind, Professor of Women's Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Designed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the landmark case In re Gault which mandated specific due process protections for youth alleged to be delinquent, Reaffirming Juvenile Justice considers the evolving U.S. juvenile justice system while anticipating future challenges and trends.

About the Authors:
Alida V. Merlo is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Peter J. Benekos is Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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