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Book Review: The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way

By Robert M. Sanger

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The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way

By Cara Drinan
Oxford University Press (2018) 


Cara Drinan’s The War on Kids is a timely and well-written book that should be read by all lawyers and, in fact, by the American public. Certainly, the themes and material will be familiar to criminal defense lawyers who deal with clients under the age of 25 (that would be all of us, right?) and, of course, familiar to thoughtful juvenile practitioners. Nevertheless, even for those who are immersed in the process, this is a book that brings everything together in a coherent manner. For those not immersed, it should provoke serious reflection.

The concept of a juvenile justice system in this country was implemented before the turn of the 20th century and saw advancement in the Progressive Era. As the social sciences took hold of the imagination, strictly punitive justice was replaced by a sense that youthful offenders were perhaps less culpable and more susceptible to rehabilitation. I

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