The Evolution of an Idea

in Changing Lives

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780226307190
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307237 | DOI:
The Evolution of an Idea

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This chapter provides a brief intellectual history of the key developments in delinquency-prevention concepts. It locates the term delinquency prevention in the context of the extensive vocabulary used to describe governmental responses to crime and traces the main ideas about delinquency prevention as they have evolved since a prevention-oriented juvenile court was first established. The field of delinquency prevention occupies the intersection of two overlapping spheres of public policy: crime control and youth development. The evolution of delinquency-prevention policy and practice reflects changing perspectives and developments in both the crime-control and youth-development spheres. Policies and programs for dealing with serious delinquents have been most influenced by trends in criminal sentencing and corrections, and programs that attend to the needs and risk factors associated with younger children reflect more of the findings and trends in the youth-development field.

Keywords: delinquency-prevention policy; juvenile court; public policy; crime control; youth development

Chapter.  6697 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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