The past decade has seen an unprecedented shrinkage in what was once the primary function of juvenile courts — the rehabilitation and reform of juvenile offenders. This collection of papers explores a variety of topics that are central to the issue of why interest in rehabilitation is currently in such a low state. The topics covered include: the characteristics and treatment of serious juvenile offenders in the 1920s; the rise and fall of the English Borstal system;research and practice in Western Europe; trends in legal reform of the juvenile court and in public schools that affect juvenile delinquency and the treatment methods that these factors suggest; the potential role of public schools in reducing chronic delinquency; and an analysis to determine how effective prevention programs must be in order to compete with incapacitation as crime control measures.

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