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An American TravestyLegal Responses to Adolescent Sexual Offending$
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Franklin E. Zimring

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226983578

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226983592.001.0001

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Reform in Juvenile Court

Reform in Juvenile Court

(p.117) Chapter 6 Reform in Juvenile Court
An American Travesty
University of Chicago Press

This chapter aims to use the known facts about juvenile sex offending as the basis for proposing reforms in juvenile court policies toward sexual offenses and offenders, but it begins with a more typical academic ploy: a research agenda for filling gaps in the knowledge base about children and adolescents who commit sex offenses. The first section addresses three key issues that research must resolve in the near future, and the second section considers the basic principles and policies that are appropriate to responding to three different classes of sex offenders in the juvenile justice system. The chapter then explores a series of more detailed legal and policy questions that concern the juvenile sex offender.

Keywords:   juvenile sex offending, juvenile court reforms, juvenile court polices, sexual offenses, juvenile justice system, legal policy

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