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Teen Incarceration: From Cell Bars to Ankle Bracelets

120p. bibliog. ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. Twenty-First Century. Nov. 2016. lib. ed. $37.32. ISBN 9781467775724.
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Gr 7 Up—Prison reform is a pressing issue in U.S. politics. This text explores how the criminal justice system deals with offenders, specifically adolescents. The organization is clear and engaging, with numerous sidebars and vivid photographs. Jones discusses the evidence for why juvenile prison reform is needed, the triumphs and failures of various alternatives to incarceration, and programs that help young people successfully rejoin society. Throughout, the author continually returns to the causes of criminal behavior in youth, such as drug abuse, poverty, and domestic violence. Particularly valuable is the use of related acronyms and other vocabulary that can help researchers delve more deeply into the topic. Arguments against reform are not included. However, this is still a beneficial text.
VERDICT A strong addition to collections in need of social science titles on prison reform.

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