UF Law professor edits book on juvenile justice system reform
UF Law Professor Nancy Dowd served as editor of a new book that brings together scholarly works from leading academics and activists on preventing children from becoming caught up in the juvenile justice system.
The book, Justice for Kids: Keeping Kids Out of the Juvenile Justice System was released earlier this month.
“The juvenile justice system does not function well for kids, their families, or the community,” said Dowd, who is also the director of UF Law’s Center on Children and Families. “This book provides concrete, cutting-edge reforms to insure fairness and justice to kids, while insuring that resources are conserved and spent wisely to promote the goal of supporting kids to productive adulthood.”
While some youths in the juvenile justice system quickly move out, never to return, others continue on a path that takes them deeper and deeper into it. Here, the book’s contributors look at ways to intervene at an early stage to prevent kids from going down that path in the first place.
The book also calls for the re-evaluation and restructuring of the juvenile justice system and for greater consideration to race, gender and sexual orientation.