Juvenile Justice in Global Perspective


  • Author: Franklin E. Zimring (William G. Simon Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law)
  • Co-Author: Maximo Langer(Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles) & David S. Tanenhaus (Professor of History and Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
  • Publisher: Sage Publications
  • Binding: Hard Binding
  • ISBN-13: 9789352800452
  • Pages: 448
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2017


Juvenile justice systems and the plight of youth who break the law throughout the world is one of the least studied aspects of law. This important book provides an unprecedented comparison of criminal justice and juvenile justice systems across the world.

The book discusses important issues such as the relationship between political change and juvenile justice, the types of juvenile systems that exist in different regions and in different forms of states, and how they differ. Furthermore, the book uses its data on criminal and juvenile justice in a wide variety of nations to create a new explanation of why separate juvenile and criminal courts are necessary.

About the Authors
Franklin E. Zimring is William G. Simon Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He has served on the National Academy of Science Panels on Violence, Deterrence, and Juvenile Justice and as director of research of the Task Force on Violence of the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence. He has written on issues of youth crime and sentencing policy, penal confinement and the restraint of crime, and gun- and drug-control policy. Recent books include An American Travesty: Legal Responses to Adolescent Sex Offending (2004), American Juvenile Justice (2005), The Great American Crime Decline (2006), and The City That Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control (2012).

Máximo Langer is Professor of Law at UCLA and a leading authority on domestic, comparative, and international criminal law and procedure. He regularly lectures in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States on criminal law and procedure issues. His work has been translated into Chinese, German, and Spanish and has received awards from different professional associations, including the 2007 Hessel Yntema Prize by the American Society of Comparative Law, the 2007 Margaret Popkin Award by the Latin American Studies Association, and the 2012 Deák Prize by the American Society of International Law. He also serves on several editorial boards, including the executive editorial board of the American Journal of Comparative Law.

David S. Tanenhaus is Professor of History and James E. Rogers Professor of History and Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He studies one of the fundamental and recurring problems in the history of law and society— how to treat the young. His books include Juvenile Justice in the Making (2004) and The Constitutional Rights of Children: In re Gault and Juvenile Justice (2011). He coedited, with Margaret K. Rosenheim, Franklin E. Zimring, and Bernardine Dohrn, A Century of Juvenile Justice (2002). He also served as Editor in Chief of The Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (2008).