Special Issue "Development of Juvenile Delinquency"


A special issue of Laws (ISSN 2075-471X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Tamar R. Birckhead
University of North Carolina School of Law, 102 Rocky Ridge Road, CB #3380, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA
Website: http://www.law.unc.edu/faculty/directory/details.aspx?cid=4
E-Mail: tbirckhe@email.unc.edu
Phone: +1 919 962 6107
Fax: +1 919 962 3375
Interests: criminal defense; criminal justice; criminal law; juvenile delinquency; sentencing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Laws is devoted to an examination of the factors that contribute to juvenile offending and the resulting implications for research, policy, and practice. The purpose of the Issue is to explore the ways in which developmental science -- including brain, cognitive, and psychosocial development -- should inform programs of prevention and intervention as well as the treatment of juveniles once they enter the justice system. The Issue will address such salient topics as the criminal culpability of adolescents; adolescents’ competence to stand trial; the impact of punitive sanctions on juvenile behavior; and effective strategies for lowering rates of recidivism. Each article, when possible, will focus on common issues and questions confronted by scholars, practitioners, and advocates working in the field of juvenile justice. They will be readable by a broad audience and not limited in relevance to a single country or jurisdiction. We would like this Special Issue to be a critical reference point for scholars and the wider community interested in the development of juvenile delinquency.

Dr. Tamar R. Birckhead
Guest Editor


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  • adolescence
  • crime
  • delinquency
  • gender
  • law
  • maltreatment
  • neuroscience
  • public policy
  • race
  • socioeconomic status

Published Papers (6 papers)

by  and
Laws 2014, 3(3), 580-597; doi:10.3390/laws3030580
Received: 18 July 2014; in revised form: 15 August 2014 / Accepted: 18 August 2014 / Published: 26 August 2014
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Laws 2014, 3(3), 439-468; doi:10.3390/laws3030439
Received: 21 April 2014; in revised form: 4 July 2014 / Accepted: 11 July 2014 / Published: 24 July 2014
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by , , , , , , , , ,  and
Laws 2013, 2(4), 392-400; doi:10.3390/laws2040392
Received: 15 August 2013; in revised form: 22 September 2013 / Accepted: 9 October 2013 / Published: 15 October 2013
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Laws 2013, 2(3), 244-282; doi:10.3390/laws2030244
Received: 5 July 2013; in revised form: 19 August 2013 / Accepted: 28 August 2013 / Published: 29 August 2013
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Laws 2013, 2(3), 210-232; doi:10.3390/laws2030210
Received: 18 June 2013; in revised form: 31 July 2013 / Accepted: 5 August 2013 / Published: 13 August 2013
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by , , , ,  and
Laws 2013, 2(1), 20-32; doi:10.3390/laws2010020
Received: 25 February 2013; in revised form: 6 March 2013 / Accepted: 14 March 2013 / Published: 20 March 2013
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Last update: 1 November 2013

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