This first major reference comparing systems of juvenile justice in 19 nations around the world is representative of different principles and policies, customs, and governmental and legal institutions and practices in both industrialized and developing countries. An interdisciplinary team of scholars and legal experts offers a cross-sectional survey of regional, ecomic, political, and social factors. Some also describe the impact of different societies on the procedures used to handle and rehabilitate juvenile delinquents and define various influences that some countries have had on others. Each expert analyzes the history, formal and informal policies, current issues and problems, and trends and future prospects of juvenile justice in a similar manner, making this truly a comparative survey. Directories of key agencies and periodicals in the various countries and relevant bibliographical data further enrich this major reference. The book is designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, teachers, practitioners, and government officials concerned with criminal justice, corrections, and juvenile delinquency.
DONALD J. SHOEMAKER, Associate Professor of Sociology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, published the third edition of his book Theories of Delinquency in January, 1996. His research centers currently on juvenile delinquency.