Promise Unfulfilled: Juvenile Justice in America

In partnership with several juvenile justice advocates around the country, Cathryn Crawford, a national expert in juvenile and criminal justice, has edited a new book entitled Promise Unfulfilled: Juvenile Justice in America (IDEA 2012).

Through a combination of original and reprinted articles written by academics, lawyers, and advocates, “Promise Unfulfilled” addresses the problems with designing and implementing effective systems to deal with children in conflict with the law, and it describes various challenges children in the juvenile justice system face and offers suggestions for reform.

The authors include James Bell, Founder and Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, who wrote on the over-incarceration of youth of color; Jacqueline Bullard, an appellate defender in Illinois, who wrote on best interest versus expressed interest representation of minors in delinquency court; and Neelum Arya (Barry Law, Campaign for Youth Justice) who wrote on state legislative victories from 2005-2010 in the area of removing youth from the adult criminal justice system.  I have a chapter that is adapted from my article, Culture Clash: The Challenge of Lawyering Across Difference in Juvenile Court, 62 Rutgers L. Rev. 959 (2010). There are also chapters on the school-to-prison pipeline, addressing the mental health needs of juveniles, and best practices for working with girls in the delinquency system.

Please check it out and let me know what you think.

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2 Responses to Promise Unfulfilled: Juvenile Justice in America

  1. tbirckhe says:

    Thanks to our friends at Reclaiming Futures for featuring this post on their site: http://www.reclaimingfutures.org/blog/promise-unfulfilled

  2. It’s a complicated situation when dealing with minors. In my experience, many of these children should be checked for any mental health issues. Another common theme is parental guidance.