Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 36, Issue 8, pp 1089–1091 | Cite as

Aaron Kupchip, Judging Juveniles: Prosecuting Adolescents in Adult and Juvenile Courts

New York University Press, New York, 2006, 224 pp. ISBN: 0814747744
  • Jennifer N. GrimesEmail author
Book Review

In Judging Juveniles, Aaron Kupchik addresses some of the contextual and sociolegal issues that arise from the growing number of adolescents prosecuted in criminal rather than juvenile court. Testing the assumption held by policy makers and academics that juveniles processed in criminal court are subjected to an entirely different model of justice, Kupchik utilizes a rigorous, mixed-methods research design to determine how similar cases are processed at every stage in the two court systems. He finds that, especially during the sentencing of adolescent offenders, criminal court begins to resemble its juvenile counterpart. Kupchik also concludes that prosecuting youth in criminal rather than juvenile court is inconsistent with our cultural conceptions of youthfulness.

Judging Juvenilesis a welcome addition to the juvenile transfer literature and an important work for anyone interested in how youthfulness is constructed in a legal context, and in how juveniles are processed in the...


Justice System Criminal Justice System Juvenile Justice Criminal Court Court System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminology and Criminal JusticeIndiana State UniversityTerre HauteUSA

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