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Book Review: Rethinking Juvenile Justice

By Elizabeth S. Scott and Laurence Steinberg

By Elizabeth S. Scott and Laurence Steinberg
Harvard University Press (2008)Reviewed by Erik R. Guenther 

Scott and Steinberg offer a juvenile justice rehabilitation model that distinguishes between young children (under 10 years of age), adolescents, and older teenagers. It reserves the most punitive sanctions for older teens facing a charge for a violent offense with a prior adjudication for a violent crime. The authors’ thesis dissects the Progressive rehabilitative model of the early 20th century as essentially being without teeth and faults the current punitive model as supported by misplaced notions about juvenile crime rates. The research-based proposal seeks to balance fair punishment, fair hearings, and the need for retribution and public protection.

The text does more than simply advocate for a “rethinking” of juvenile crime policy. While ultimately used to advocate for a new model of juvenile crime policy, the authors offer an informative history of the juve

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