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Youth Justice in America [Hardcover]

Maryam Ahranjani , Andrew Ferguson , Jamin B. Raskin


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April 18 2005 1568029861 978-1568029863 0
Young people are fascinated by juvenile crime and justice topics because they are exposed to these subjects daily through the media, school security, and other everyday experiences. Tapping this interest, Youth Justice in America directly engages the broadest range of high school students in an exciting and informed discussion of the U.S. juvenile justice system. "Youth Justice in America combines thoughtful commentary with selections from actual federal and state constitutional criminal law cases to explore issues of juveniles and justice. The book addresses tough, important issues that are part of many high school curriculums and directly affect todayAes young people, including:"How should we balance liberty with the need for an ordered society?"How do we enforce order while maintaining constitutional rights?"Should we treat juveniles differently than adult offenders?"Focusing on cases that relate to the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, the subject matter comes alive through a unique blend of content, including: "Selections from key cases that affect students;"Easy-to-read definitions of important terms and concepts;"Sidebar features;"Engaging photos;"Individual and class exercises;"Age-appropriate sources for further reading."Following in the footsteps of CQ PressAes acclaimed We the Students, Youth Justice in America fills a pressing need to make legal issues personally meaningful to young people. Written in a straightforward style that will appeal to all students, from high risk groups to AP classes, this is an essential acquisition for all libraries that serve students and teachers at the high school or undergraduate level, as well as public or subject-specific libraries whose patrons want information on political science, criminal justice, social work, and education. This resource is informed by the authorsAe ongoing participation in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. "

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press (April 18 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568029861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568029863
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 18.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g

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About the Author

Jamie Raskin is a professor of Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, and Legislative Process and founding Director of the Program on Law and Government (with the late Tom Sargentich). Professor Raskin also worked with Professor Steve Wermiel to found the acclaimed Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, which began at WCL but has spread across the country to more than 20 different law schools; the Project has sent many thousands of law students nationwide into public high schools to teach high school students a semester-long course about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The bestselling author of Overruling Democracy: the Supreme Court versus the American People and We the Students: Supreme Court Cases for and About Students, Raskin is also a State Senator in Maryland, where he represents Silver Spring and Takoma Park and serves on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and chairs the Special Committee on Ethics Reform. He has been described as the Senate's "constitutional authority" (Washington Post), the "whiz kid of the General Assembly" (Silver Spring Voice) and "one of Maryland's Top Ten Most Effective Senators" (Maryland Gazette of Politics and Business). He has successfully introduced and championed numerous nationally significant and landmark pieces of legislation, including the first National Popular Vote law in America, the first Benefit Corporation Law in America, marriage equality, the Maryland Farm-to-Schools Act, felon reenfranchisement, the lowering of the state voter registration age to 16, and giving 17-year olds the right to vote in primary elections. Working with WCL externs who join him for Maryland's 90 -day legislative session, Raskin has seen more than 50 of his bills pass into law. Professor Raskin and his wife Sarah, a Governor of the Federal Reserve Board, have three teenage children.

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