From Cell Bars to Ankle Bracelets
In the United States, the conversation about teen incarceration has moved from one extreme to another. For centuries, execution of juvenile offenders was legal. By the twenty-first century, the US Supreme Court had moved closer to banning all executions of minors, regardless of the severity of the crime. Since the 1990s, the US juvenile justice system has moved away from harsh punishment and toward alternative evidence-based models that include education, skills building, and therapy.
In Teen Incarceration, readers meet former teen incarcerees who now lead exemplary lives. Learn how juvenile justice works in the United States and meet the people working to reform the system.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 8|
|Genre||Social Studies, Young Adult|
|Category||Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
|Number of Pages||120|
|Reading Counts! Level||11.9|
|Dimensions||6 x 9|
|ATOS Reading Level||8.9|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||183686|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||5.0|
|Features||Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Source notes, and Table of contents|
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
School Library Journal
“A strong addition to collections in need of social science titles on prison reform.”—School Library Journal
“This multifaceted, informative look at youth incarceration examines the history, components, and issues of the juvenile justice system. . . . [A] thought-provoking title.”—Booklist
“[T]he punishment of teenage offenders is concisely and thoughtfully discussed. . . . Jones makes excellent use of statistics, research studies, and the voices of former teen offenders. . . . An accessible, informative introduction to the topic.”—Kirkus Reviews
Author: Patrick Jones
Patrick Jones lives in Minneapolis and is the author of many novels including the Support and Defend series. A former librarian, Jones received lifetime achievement awards from the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association.