Book Review – Screwing the System and Making it Work:

Juvenile Justice in the No-Fault Society

By: Mark D. Jacobs

Disclaimer: This book review is my opinion of the book. If you have a different opinion of the book that is great. I know I have loved several movies and books that other reviewers have not liked and disliked movies and books that receive great reviews. I think we all have. If you would like to submit your own review, I may consider posting it. Thanks.

This would be a good book for Probation Officers and maybe Social Workers/Administrators to read.  You will notice I did not say houseparents and other residential childcare workers, it just really doesn’t apply to the direct care work that you do with the children.   

Here is the first two sentences from the introduction on the cover, “Who is responsible for delinquency?  Using ethnographic, statistical, and literary methods, Mark D. Jacobs scrutinizes a ‘model’ juvenile court in a prosperous, suburban community, revealing, through his exploration, the many levels of disorganization in American juvenile justice.”  In my opinion the rest of the book reads the same way – somewhat dry & technical.

The book is copyright 1990, and published by “The University of Chicago Press.”  New the book sells for $55 on Amazon but used copies can be had fairly inexpensively if you really want to read it.

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