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Cover Image: Youth Justice in America, Second Edition
  • Date: 07/01/2014
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $39.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-4833-1916-2
  • Pages: 368
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Youth Justice in America, Second Edition
Maryam Ahranjani, University of New Mexico
Andrew Ferguson, University of the District of Columbia
Jamie B. Raskin, American University


Youth Justice in America, Second Edition engages students in an exciting, informed discussion of the U.S. juvenile justice system and fills a pressing need to make legal issues personally meaningful to young people. Written in a straightforward style, the book addresses tough, important issues that directly affect today's youth, including the rights of accused juveniles, search and seizure, self-incrimination and confession, right to appeal, and the death penalty for juveniles. Focusing on cases that relate to the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the subject matter comes alive through a wide variety of in-book learning aids.

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • New cases deal with recent events such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and court rulings on strip searches at school, life sentences without parole for juveniles, and electronic surveillance.
  • New chapter on the Second Amendment.
  • “Dissenting Voices” sections provide context for minority judicial opinions.
  • Examples throughout the book are drawn from recent events in the popular culture to capture students’ interest.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Selections from key cases (often with young people as litigants) help students understand the American criminal justice system.
  • Easy-to-read definitions of important terms and concepts are provided in the margins to facilitate student comprehension.
  • Photos, individual and class exercises, and sources for further reading enrich the presentation and help students master key concepts.
New to this Edition

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • New cases deal with recent events such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and court rulings on strip searches at school, life sentences without parole for juveniles, and electronic surveillance.
  • New chapter on the Second Amendment.
  • “Dissenting Voices” sections provide context for minority judicial opinions.
  • Examples throughout the book are drawn from recent events in the popular culture to capture students’ interest.
Previous Editions
2nd Edition ©2005

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: American Society, Crime, and the Constitution
     The Constitution and Crime Sub Heading edit delete
     “We the People” and the War on Drugs: Politicians and Their Families, Athletes, Entertainers
     Criminal Justice: Not the End of the Story
     The American System of Juvenile Justice

Chapter 2: What Is Crime?
     Constitutional Limits on Government’s Power to Make Crimes
     The Structure of Criminal Laws 

Chapter 3: The Second Amendment, Youth, and Schools
     The Second Amendment and Young People
     The Second Amendment and Schools

Chapter 4: Fourth Amendment: Protection from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
     The Right to Be Left Alone
     The Exclusionary Rule
     Reasonable Expectation of Privacy
     Fourth Amendment Search 
     Other Expectations of Privacy
     What Is a Seizure?
     Probable Cause and the Warrant Requirement

Chapter 5: Exceptions Swallow the Rule: Warrantless Searches
     Exception 1: Emergency Circumstances
     Exception 2: Plain View
     Exception 3: Search Incident to an Arrest
     Exception 4: Automobile Exception
     Exception 5: Consensual Searches
     Exception 6: Stop and Frisk
     Exclusionary Rule Review

Chapter 6: School Searches
     Search of Belongings
     Drug Testing and After-School Activities
     Drug Testing for All Students?
     Strip Searches
     Metal Detectors and the Constitution

Chapter 7: Fifth Amendment: Privilege against Self-Incrimination
     The Screaming Eagle
     Protections against Self-Incrimination
     Juveniles and the Miranda Warnings
     What Is Custody?
     Pull Over, Jack
     What Is Interrogation?
     The Dangers of False Confession 

Chapter 8: Sixth Amendment: Right to Counsel
     The Right to Legal Counsel
     Role of Legal Counsel
     Role of the Defense
     Right to Counsel for Juveniles
     Right to Effective Counsel
     Reality of Ineffective Counsel
     A Quick Career Quiz

Chapter 9: Cruel and Unusual Punishment
     The Death Penalty Today
     The Death Penalty and Juveniles
     Turning Over a New Leaf?
     Juveniles and Life Imprisonment Without Parole 

Chapter 10: The Future of Youth Justice
     The Goals of Criminal Punishment
     Record Prison Populations
     The Racial Dynamics of the Criminal Justice System
     Felon and Ex-Felon Disenfranchisement
     Gendered Offenders
     Life in Prison without Parole

Bio(s)
Maryam Ahranjani, University of New Mexico
Maryam Ahranjani (LLM, University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD, American University Washington College of Law) taught for ten years at the Washington College of Law and is a visiting professor of law at the University of New Mexico School of Law. For five years, she served as associate director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, which places law students across America in public high schools to teach constitutional literacy courses. Ahranjani is also the co-founder (with Andrew Ferguson) of the National Youth Justice Alliance, a non-profit organization that sends lawyers and law students to juvenile detention facilities to teach young people about Constitutional rights and responsibilities.

Andrew Ferguson, University of the District of Columbia
Andrew Ferguson (L.L.M., Georgetown Law Center, JD Univ. Pennsylvania Law School), Associate Professor of Law at the David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia, teaches courses on criminal law, procedure, and evidence. He is author of Why Jury Duty Matters: A Citizen's Guide to Constitutional Action (NYU Press). He is co-chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section's Student Activities Committee, which runs the "Citizen Amicus Project," a national project to involve law students in current Supreme Court cases. Previously, Professor Ferguson worked as a supervising attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where he represented adults and juveniles in cases ranging from homicide to misdemeanor offenses.

Jamie B. Raskin, American University
Jamin B. Raskin is professor of constitutional law, the First Amendment, and the Legislative Process at American University Washington College of Law and founder of its acclaimed Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, which places law students across America in public high schools to teach the “We the Students” constitutional literacy course. Raskin is also a Maryland State Senator who led the floor fights for marriage equality and repeal of the death penalty in his state and is the Majority Whip of the Maryland Senate. A former state assistant attorney general, Raskin is an active public interest lawyer and a Senior Fellow at People for the American Way. He is the author of Overruling Democracy (2003) and dozens of law review articles, op-eds, and essays.
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