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Cover Image: Youth Justice in America
  • Date: 04/18/2005
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $42.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-56802-987-0
  • Pages: 271
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Youth Justice in America
Maryam Ahranjani
Andrew Ferguson
Jamin B. Raskin, American University


    Young people are fascinated by juvenile crime and justice topics because they are exposed to these subjects daily through the media, school security, and other everyday experiences. Tapping this interest, Youth Justice in America directly engages the broadest range of high school students in an exciting and informed discussion of the U.S. juvenile justice system.

    Youth Justice in America combines thoughtful commentary with selections from actual federal and state constitutional criminal law cases to explore issues of juveniles and justice. The book addresses tough, important issues that are part of many high school curriculums and directly affect today’s young people, including:

    • How should we balance liberty with the need for an ordered society?
    • How do we enforce order while maintaining constitutional rights?
    • Should we treat juveniles differently than adult offenders?

    Focusing on cases that relate to the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, the subject matter comes alive through a unique blend of content, including:

    • Selections from key cases that affect students;
    • Easy-to-read definitions of important terms and concepts;
    • Sidebar features;
    • Engaging photos;
    • Individual and class exercises;
    • Age-appropriate sources for further reading.

    Following in the footsteps of CQ Press’s acclaimed We the Students, Youth Justice in America fills a pressing need to make legal issues personally meaningful to young people. Written in a straightforward style that will appeal to all students, from high risk groups to AP classes, this is an essential acquisition for all libraries that serve students and teachers at the high school or undergraduate level, as well as public or subject-specific libraries whose patrons want information on political science, criminal justice, social work, and education. This resource is informed by the authors’ ongoing participation in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.

    Table of Contents

    Foreword
    Preface
    About the Authors

    1. AMERICAN SOCIETY, CRIME, AND THE CONSTITUTION
    The Constitution and Crime
    “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

    2. WHAT IS CRIME?
    Constitutional Limits on Government’s Power to Make Crimes
    The Structure of Criminal Laws

    3. 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

    4. EXCEPTIONS SWALLOW THE RULE: WARRANTLESS SEARCHES
    Exception 1: Hot Pursuit
    Exception 2: Plain View
    Exception 3: Search Incident to an Arrest
    Exception 4: Automobile Exception
    Exception 5: Consensual Searches
    Exception 6: Reasonable Suspsicion
    Exclusionary Rule Review

    5. SCHOOL SEARCHES
    Search of Belongings
    Drug Testing and After-School Activities
    Drug Testing for All Students?
    Strip Searches
    Locker Searches
    Metal Detectors and the Constitution

    6. FIFTH AMENTMENT: 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

    7. 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

    8. CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT
    The Death Penalty Today
    The Death Penalty and Juveniles
    Execution of People with Mental Retardation
    Turning Over a New Leaf?

    9. 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

    Appendix A: The Case of Trevon Jones
    Appendix B: Constitution of the United States
    Appendix C: Glossary
    Appendix D: Bibliography
    Appendix E: Marshall-Brennon Fellows 1999-2005

    Index
    Text Credits
    Bio(s)
    Maryam Ahranjani


    Andrew Ferguson


    Jamin B. Raskin, American University

    Jamin B. Raskin is professor of constitutional law and the First Amendment at American University Washington College of Law and founder of its Marshall-Brennan Fellows Program, which places law students in public high schools to teach the We the Students constitutional literacy course. A former assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Raskin is an active public interest lawyer, defending the rights of political expression and participation for both adults and young people. He is also the author of Overruling Democracy (2003) and dozens of law review articles, op-eds, and essays on constitutional law.

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