Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 45, Issue 12, pp 2461–2464 | Cite as

Ashley Nellis: A Return to Justice: Rethinking Our Approach to Juveniles in the System

Rowman & Littlefield, Washington, DC, 2015, 156 pp, ISBN-13: 978-1442227668
  • Julianne Fealey
Book Review

In A Return to Justice: Rethinking Our Approach to Juveniles in the System, Ashley Nellis analyzes the juvenile justice system and the reforms that have been made to the system in its roughly one hundred years of existence. Nellis begins by describing the formation of the juvenile justice system as a separate entity from the adult justice system. Nellis goes into detail of each reform that has been made over time as well as the consequences, both positive and negative, of each reform. She concludes the book with a description of where the juvenile justice system stands today, what is working, and what negative impacts the juvenile justice system is having on the children who have been forced into it as a consequence of their poor decisions.

In Chapter One, entitled “Visions for Juvenile Justice,” Nellis discusses the historical portrayal and reforms of the juvenile justice system. The juvenile court was created in 1899 to prevent children from going through the adult system and being...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana University Maurer School of LawBloomingtonUSA

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