Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-202) and index.
pt. I. Youth Violence in the 1990s. 1. The Perception of a Problem Is a Problem. 2. American Youth Violence -- A Profile. 3. A Youth Violence Epidemic: Myth or Reality? 4. The Case of the Terrifying Toddlers -- pt. II. Legal Policy Toward Youth Violence. 5. Some Basic Principles. 6. Firearms Policy for the Young. 7. "That Malice Which Is to Supply Age": Standards for Transfer to Criminal Court. 8. Adolescents Who Kill -- pt. III. Two Larger Contexts. 9. Youth Violence and the Future of the Juvenile Court. 10. Youth Violence and Youth Policy.
This is an examination of adolescent violence in the United States as both a social phenomenon and a policy problem. Franklin Zimring, a scholar of law and crime, scrutinizes criminal statistics and demographic trends in order to authoritatively address public worries.