Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 47, Issue 5, pp 1130–1132 | Cite as

Cara H. Drinan, The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way

New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018, 224 pp, ISBN 978-0-19-060555-1
  • Amanda Jeannette Fish
Book Review

In The War on Kids, Cara H. Drinan seeks to illustrate the progress society has made in regards to the interworkings of the juvenile justice system while emphasizing that there is still much work to be done. Drinan, like many members of the community, stands firm in her belief that the system has become much too punitive and has not focused enough on the rehabilitative aspects of the juvenile justice system. Throughout this book are a plethora of examples that help demonstrate the history of the juvenile justice system, its current state of affairs, and what components Drinan thinks need to be added to achieve a rehabilitative environment.

To begin the book, Drinan uses the introduction to set the foundation for her viewpoint and approach. The reader is immediately given a Supreme Court case, Graham v. Florida, that is meant to exemplify Drinan’s frustrations with the juvenile justice system. She then goes through the history of how the system went from rehabilitative to punitive....


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana University BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA

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