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An American Travesty: Legal Responses to Adolescent Sexual Offending
by Franklin E. Zimring
foreword by Francis A. Allen
University of Chicago Press, 2004
Cloth: 978-0-226-98357-8 | eISBN: 978-0-226-98359-2 | Paper: 978-0-226-98358-5
Library of Congress Classification KF9802.Z56 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 364.15308350973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK


An American Travesty is the first scholarly book in half a century to analyze the justice system’s response to sexual misconduct by children and adolescents in the United States. Writing with a refreshing dose of common sense, Franklin E. Zimring discusses our society's failure to consider the developmental status of adolescent sex offenders. Too often, he argues, the American legal system ignores age and developmental status when adjudicating young sexual offenders, in many cases responding as they would to an adult.


“An opinionated, articulate, and forceful critique of current politics and practices. . . . I would recommend this book for anyone interested in rethinking the fundamental questions of how our courts and systems should respond to these cases.”—Law and Politics Book Review


“One of the most important new books in the field of juvenile justice. . . . Zimring offers a thoughtful, research-based analysis of what went wrong with legal policy development.”—Barry Krisberg, President, National Council on Crime and Delinquency




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