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International Handbook of Juvenile Justice

  • Scott H Decker
  • Nerea Marteache


  • Will be an important reference for researchers in criminology and criminal justice

  • Presents an in-depth analysis on the juvenile justice systems across the world

  • Highlights similarities and differences between the various justice systems


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Henrietta Joy Abena Nyarko Mensa-Bonsu
      Pages 3-28
    3. Godfrey O. Odongo
      Pages 29-43
    4. Flavian Zeija
      Pages 45-68
  3. America: North America, South America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Corinne Davis Rodrigues, Valéria Cristina de Oliveira, Rafael Lacerda Silveira Rocha
      Pages 71-89
    3. Nicholas Bala, Peter J. Carrington
      Pages 91-114
    4. Carlos J. Vilalta
      Pages 115-134
    5. USA
      Melanie Taylor
      Pages 135-152
  4. Asia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Ruohui Zhao, Liqun Cao
      Pages 155-172
    3. Sesha Kethineni
      Pages 173-194
    4. Jae Joon Chung
      Pages 195-216
  5. Europe: Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Scandinavia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Karin Bruckmüller
      Pages 219-238
    3. Els Dumortier, Jenneke Christiaens, An Nuytiens
      Pages 239-265
    4. Anette Storgaard
      Pages 267-286
    5. Tim Bateman
      Pages 287-304
    6. Frieder Dünkel, Wolfgang Heinz
      Pages 305-326

About this book


This comprehensive reference work presents an in-depth analysis of juvenile justice systems across the world. The second edition of this Handbook has been updated with 13 new chapters, now covering a total of 34 countries, across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East from an international and comparative perspective.

The International Handbook of Juvenile Justice is the result of research conducted by a group of outstanding scholars working in the field of juvenile justice. It reflects a collective concern about trends in juvenile justice over the past two decades, trends that have begun to blur the difference between criminal and juvenile justice. Also new to the second edition, each chapter is formatted to increase the comparative aspect of the book, highlighting:

  • ·         The legal status of juveniles
  • ·         Age of majority
  • ·         The country’s stance toward the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • ·         Trends in juvenile crime over the period 2004-2014
  • ·         Causes of juvenile crime
  • ·         Policing and juveniles
  • ·         Courts and juveniles
  • ·         Custodial rules for juveniles (detention, prison, mixing juveniles with adults)
  • ·         Alternative sanctions for juveniles: home confinement, restorative justice, restitution, etc.
  • ·         Differences in treatment of boys and girls

This seminal work highlights similarities and differences between the various systems, and will be an important reference for researchers in criminology and criminal justice, particularly interested in juvenile delinquency and youth crime, as well as related disciplines like sociology, social work, and public policy.


Alternative Justice Child Development Comparative Juvenile Justice Reform Criminal Policy Research Development of Antisocial Behavior Developmental Criminology Family Violence International and Comparative Criminology Life-Course Criminology Recent Trends in Juvenile Delinquency Responses to Youth Crime Restorative Justice for Young Offenders Rights of Children Trends in international Juvenile Justice Systems Youth Gangs

Editors and affiliations

  • Scott H Decker
    • 1
  • Nerea Marteache
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Criminology & Criminal JusticeArizona State UniversityPhoenixUSA
  2. 2.California State UniversitySan BernardinoUSA

About the editors

Scott H. Decker

Nerea Marteache

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