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Author Introduction: Chapter 15

Author Video: Juvenile Offenders


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Video 1: Juvenile status offenses

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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention released a video to feature the programs, practices, and policies that have shown promise in intervening with status offenders to prevent further offending, support their families, and guide them towards a positive future. The purpose of this video is to raise awareness about the issue of juvenile status offenders and the risks they face in becoming more deeply involved in serious risk behavior, offending and the juvenile justice system. This video also aims to highlight legislative reforms, policies, programs, and practices around the country that have shown promise in effectively intervening with status offenders and their families and to reduce further offending and steer them toward a positive future.


Video 2: Juvenile prisons

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A look at juvenile corrections and Adobe Mountain School in Phoenix, Arizona.


Video 3: The Wire and Labeling

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In the 1960s and 1970s, labeling theory (also known as social reaction theory) gained criminological prominence. Demonstrating a shift towards the critical criminology school of thought, labeling theory questions the broader power structure by asking two overarching questions: How do those with substantial power in society label people with less power and their behaviors deviant? What effects do those labels have on the future lives and behaviors of the people being labeled?


Video 4: School to prison pipeline

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"North Carolina's School to Prison Pipeline" is a short video produced by students from the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. It is a vivid portrayal of the devastating effects of laws, policies, and practices that push youth out of school and into the juvenile and criminal systems.


Video 5: Stickup Kid

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Alonza Thomas didn’t start out as a stickup kid. He grew up in Bakersfield, a city in southern California, where he played football and looked out for his younger brother. His mother, Janice, raised the boys on her own. She held down two jobs while she finished a college degree and aimed for a better life, one without welfare and food stamps. “The only way I could do that was to go to school,” she said. “But in the midst of that, I had to leave my kids a lot.” At 15, Alonza had his first, and only, run-in with the law. What happens when a 16-year-old is sent to an adult prison?