Magazine article Corrections Today

The Future of Juvenile Justice: Procedure and Practice from a Comparative Perspective, Tamar R. Birckhead and Solange Mouthaan

Magazine article Corrections Today

The Future of Juvenile Justice: Procedure and Practice from a Comparative Perspective, Tamar R. Birckhead and Solange Mouthaan

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The Future of Juvenile Justice: Procedure and Practice from a Comparative Perspective, Tamar R. Birckhead and Solange Mouthaan (eds.), Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina, 2016, 237 pp.

When I began to read "The Future of Juvenile Justice," I anticipated encountering a transnational perspective, which could enhance juvenile justice intervention programs here in the U.S. and could, in particular, enhance my own community-based juvenile intervention group. The text disappointed me from that standpoint, as it provided little new information. On the other hand, one can always learn from a transnational, comparative perspective. This is to say, the book is worth reading; it reports on certain parts of the globe--Europe, India, Canada and Italy--by providing their perspectives as well as updates in the juvenile justice field.

The book's six chapters all provide information a researcher and/or practitioner could find useful. In Chapter 1, for example, Frieder Dunkel reviews overall juvenile justice in Europe within the past 25 years. While several jurisdictions have become more punitive--with more emphasis on retribution and incapacitation--most of continental Europe has not regressed from a dual approach of accountability and rehabilitation, focusing specifically on restorative justice. "Victim-offender reconciliation, mediation, with sanctions requiring repatriation or apology to the victim have played an important role in all legislative reforms undertaken in the last 15 years," writes the author. …

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