Justice for Girls?: Stability and Change in the Youth Justice Systems of the United States and…

Hardcover | December 1, 2009

byJane B. Sprott

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For over a century, as women have fought for and won greater freedoms, concern over an epidemic of female criminality, especially among young women, has followed. Fear of this crime wave—despite a persistent lack of evidence of its existence—has played a decisive role in the development of the youth justice systems in the United States and Canada. Justice for Girls? is a comprehensive comparative study of the way these countries have responded to the hysteria over “girl crime” and how it has affected the treatment of both girls and boys.

Tackling a century of historical evidence and crime statistics, Jane B. Sprott and Anthony N. Doob carefully trace the evolution of approaches to the treatment of young offenders. Seeking to keep youths out of adult courts, both countries have built their systems around rehabilitation. But, as Sprott and Doob reveal, the myth of the “girl crime wave” led to a punitive system where young people are dragged into court for minor offenses and girls are punished far more severely than boys. Thorough, timely, and persuasive, Justice for Girls? will be vital to anyone working with troubled youths.

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For over a century, as women have fought for and won greater freedoms, concern over an epidemic of female criminality, especially among young women, has followed. Fear of this crime wave—despite a persistent lack of evidence of its existence—has played a decisive role in the development of the youth justice systems in the United States...

Jane B. Sprott is associate professor of criminal justice and criminology at Ryerson University. Anthony N. Doob is professor at the Centre of Criminology at the University of Toronto and coauthor of Responding to Youth Crime in Canada.

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Paperback|May 18 2012

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:December 1, 2009Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226770044

ISBN - 13:9780226770048

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Franklin E. Zimring

Acknowledgments

1. Criminal Girls and Girls in Youth Justice

2. Are Sugar and Spice Really Evolving into Snips and Snails and Puppy-Dog Tails?

3. Paternalism and the Social Control of Adolescent Girls: Juvenile Justice Reform in the United States

4: Paternalism and the Social Control of Adolescent Girls: Juvenile Justice Reform in Canada

5. The Impact of Law Reform: Deinstitutionalization in Law and Practice in the United States

6. The Impact of Law Reform: Deinstitutionalization in Law and Practice in Canada

7. Continuity and Change in Justice for Girls

Appendixes

Notes

References

Index

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“An impressive piece of work. Comparisons of crime and justice in Canada and the United States are notoriously difficult, but this book makes it look easy. I put it down to the authors’ meticulous analyses of statistics, always alert to their pitfalls, and to their grasp of the larger themes, which transcend national boundaries. I found particularly interesting and enlightening their argument that administrative offenses are the new incarnation of the supposedly abandoned status offenses, and, as such, represent a subtle or not-so-subtle form of discrimination against girls.”--Peter Carrington, University of Waterloo