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Transforming Juvenile Justice
Reform Ideals and Institutional Realities, 1825-1920
Steven L. Schlossman
"A pathbreaking work of scholarship.... Simultaneously an intellectual tour de force, an eloquent portrayal of juveniles caught in the snares of an often arbitrary system of justice, and a sobering reminder of how far we have yet to go in helping our troubled youth."—Julia Grant, Michigan State University
"Crisp, insightful, well-researched, and well-argued ... the essential history book for those interested in the chaos of the current juvenile justice system."—Marvin Lazerson, Reviews in American History
"Reminds the modern reader that the intertwined concepts of the juvenile court and juvenile rehabilitation are and always have been hopelessly idealistic."—The Law and Politics Book Review
As juvenile justice dominates the headlines, the time has come to reexamine the history of this controversial institution. In Transforming Juvenile Justice, Steven L. Schlossman traces the evolution of the idea that young lawbreakers, or potential lawbreakers, merit special treatment. He closely examines the Milwaukee Juvenile Court and the Wisconsin State Reform School to reveal how Progressive theory—the belief that rehabilitation and careful oversight should replace punishment of delinquent youth—played out in practice.
(2005) 343 pp., notes, bibliography, index
Steven L. Schlossman is Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon and author of numerous publications on social history and policy history, with particular emphasis on childhood, education, and juvenile delinquency.
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