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American youth violence
Zimring, Franklin E.
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Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xiii, 209 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Youth violence in the 1990s -- Perception of a problem is a problem -- American youth violence: a profile -- Youth violence epidemic: myth or reality? -- Case of the terrifying toddlers -- Legal policy toward youth violence -- Some basic principles -- Firearms policy for the young -- "That malice which is to supply age": standards for transfer to criminal court -- Adolescents who kill -- Two larger contexts -- Youth violence and the future of the juvenile court -- Youth violence and youth policy.
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1450 Lexile.
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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.

Author Notes

Franklin E. Zimring is at University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Part I Youth Violence in the 1990s
1 The Perception of a Problem Is a Problem
2 American Youth Violence--A Profile
3 A Youth Violence Epidemic: Myth or Reality?
4 The Case of the Terrifying Toddlers
Part II Legal Policy Toward Youth Violence
5 Some Basic Principles
6 Firearms Policy for the Young
7 ""That Malice Which Is to Supply Age"": Standards for Transfer to Criminal Court
8 Adolescents Who Kill
Part III Larger Contexts
9 Youth Violence and the Future of the Juvenile Court
10 Youth Violence and Youth Policy