American Youth Violence

Paperback | September 15, 2000

byFranklin E. Zimring

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In the past decade, alarming reports of youth violence have appeared with increasing frequency in the news media. Legislators across the United States have responded to this sense of national emergency by changing many of the laws designed to cope with juvenile offenders. But are we really inthe midst of a surge in youth violence? More to the point, what causes youth violence and what should we do about it? Franklin Zimring offers the definitive examination of adolescent violence in the United States both as a social phenomenon and a policy problem. This book covers the range ofyouth violence issues in the 1990s, from crime statistics to demographic projections to new legislation. The result is a thorough debunking of Congressional predictions of "a coming storm of juvenile violence" and the half-baked policy proposals that accompany such warnings. The book sets forthcomprehensive and dispassionate analyses of three key areas of youth violence policy: adolescent firearms possession and use, standards for transfer from juvenile to criminal court jurisdiction, and legal sanctions for adolescents who kill. Throughout the book, the core issues of youth violence inthe 1990s are examined with an unprecedented degree of analytic rigor. Zimring also offers an appropriate set of responses to youth violence that are consistent with a positive future for the juvenile court and for America's children. Timely and authoritative, American Youth Violence givesstudents, scholars, and policy makers a much-needed tool with which to fashion a constructive response to one of the nation's most disturbing social ills.

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In the past decade, alarming reports of youth violence have appeared with increasing frequency in the news media. Legislators across the United States have responded to this sense of national emergency by changing many of the laws designed to cope with juvenile offenders. But are we really inthe midst of a surge in youth violence? Mo...

Franklin E. Zimring is William G. Simon Professor of Law and Director of the Earl Warren Legal Institute at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of The Changing Legal World of Adolesence (1982) and co-author of many books on law and legal institutions, including Incapacitation: Penal Confinement and the Restrain...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019514063X

ISBN - 13:9780195140637

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Part I: Youth Violence in the 1990s1. The Perception of a Problem Is a Problem2. American Youth Violence--A Profile3. A Youth Violence Epidemic: Myth or Reality?4. The Case of the Terrifying ToddlersPart II: Legal Policy Toward Youth Violence5. Some Basic Principles6. Firearms Policy for the Young7. "That Malice Which Is to Supply Age": Standards for Transfer to Criminal Court8. Adolescents Who KillPart III: Larger Contexts9. Youth Violence and the Future of the Juvenile Court10. Youth Violence and Youth PolicyReferencesIndex

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"...creatively thoughtful....this is a very important book....It may well contribute to the development of new relationships between the American polity and its youthful citizens."--Federal Probation