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Youth Justice in America, 2nd Edition

Wednesday, July 9, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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The Second Edition of Youth Justice in America, co-authored by UDC Law Professor Andrew Ferguson, American University Law Professor and Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin, and Maryam Ahranjani of the University of New Mexico, has been published. 

Youth Justice in America, Second Edition engages students in an exciting, informed discussion of the U.S. juvenile justice system and fills a pressing need to make legal issues personally meaningful to young people. Written in a straightforward style, the book addresses tough, important issues that directly affect today's youth, including the rights of accused juveniles, search and seizure, self-incrimination and confession, right to appeal, and the death penalty for juveniles. Focusing on cases that relate to the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the subject matter comes alive through a wide variety of in-book learning aids.


  • New cases deal with recent events such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and court rulings on strip searches at school, life sentences without parole for juveniles, and electronic surveillance.
  • New chapter on the Second Amendment.
  • “Dissenting Voices” sections provide context for minority judicial opinions.
  • Examples throughout the book are drawn from recent events in the popular culture to capture students’ interest.

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