Like before, but better: the lessons of developmental, life-course criminology for contemporary juvenile justice

Christopher J. Sullivan, Alex R. Piquero, Francis T. Cullen

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This article considers the origins of the juvenile court and the degree to which developmental life-course (DLC) criminology might inform aspects of juvenile justice policy and practice. We discuss the foundations of the juvenile court in developmental science and also consider insights on delinquency from similar contemporary traditions. From there, the article provides a sense of what the juvenile justice system might look like if it better attended to theory and research in DLC criminology. The paper then returns to the early court's developmental objectives and considers the degree to which current knowledge might make achievement of its goals more attainable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-471
Number of pages22
JournalVictims and Offenders
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • developmental life-course criminology
  • history of juvenile court
  • juvenile justice policy and practice

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