By Franklin E. Zimring

An American Travesty is the 1st scholarly booklet in part a century to research the justice system’s reaction to sexual misconduct through young ones and teens within the usa. Writing with a clean dose of good judgment, Franklin E. Zimring discusses our society's failure to think about the developmental prestige of adolescent intercourse offenders. Too frequently, he argues, the yankee criminal procedure ignores age and developmental prestige while adjudicating younger sexual offenders, in lots of circumstances responding as they'd to an adult. “An opinionated, articulate, and forceful critique of present politics and practices. . . . i might suggest this booklet for someone attracted to rethinking the basic questions of ways our courts and platforms may still reply to those cases.”—Law and Politics e-book Review “One of crucial new books within the box of youngster justice. . . . Zimring bargains a considerate, research-based research of what went fallacious with criminal coverage development.”—Barry Krisberg, President, nationwide Council on Crime and Delinquency  

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Taking the year 2000 data as representative of current figures, we find that the total number of rape arrests of persons younger than eighteen is just under 3,000, while the volume of “other sex offenses” is more than 11,000. As with the adults, more than three-fourths of the total in both potentially serious sex arrest categories is to be found in the heterogeneous “other sex offenses” category. Unlike adult arrest patterns, where almost 40 percent of total sex arrests were for commercial vice, only 6 percent of the minors arrested were accused of commercial vice crimes.

The Juvenile Sex Offender 43 robbery, burglary, and auto theft, and are a fraction of the 53 percent of all arson arrest that involve juveniles. Further, sex arrests are a smaller fraction of total juvenile arrests than of adult arrests. 2 percent), and juvenile arrests for all sex offenses account for 1 in 100 total nontraffic arrests (the adult figure is 1 in 70) (Uniform Crime Reports, 2000). The puzzle here is that kids have twice the rate of total burglary arrests without any special legal liability to account for their inflated share.

And special adjustments were made in many states to liberalize conditions for hearing child witnesses without full-scale courtroom confrontations with the defendant and his attorney (Ky. Rev. Stat. 600; La. Rev. Stat. Ann. J. Stat. Ann. 4). These procedural changes have all been in the direction of facilitating prosecution and conviction of offenders. The new consequences associated with the sex crime category have been uniformly toward more social control and special strategies for the control and isolation of sex offenders.

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