Thinking About Juvenile Justice Policy: Crossing the Borders

Alida V. Merlo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Peter J. Benekos, Mercyhurst College/Roger Williams Univ.

This paper examines the evolutio of juvenile justice policy in the United States and compares it to four other countries. Although juvenile offending is predominantly property offenses, there are differences in the perceptions of youth and the responses to youthful misconduct. The research indicates that both the punitive get tough approach and the more prevention and treatment oriented intiatives are evident. By studying juvenile justice in other countries, the United States might be able to develop a more effective and balanced approach to deal with juvenile offenders.

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