Guilty?: Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face of Justice

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Young people have a natural interest in the criminal justice system. It seems half the shows on television in prime time have to do with crime and punishment and the law. There’s a reason for the popularity – the shows feed this interest. But what young people really want and need is real information in a form that is both understandable and interesting. This book is the perfect answer. Teri Kanefield is an attorney as well as a writer of young adult literature. She has clearly done all the homework necessary to write a book that gives good information supported with fascinating true cases. She delineates what the laws are and what they really mean. For instance, is it a crime if someone gives one too much change and the recipient keeps it? It can be, with jail time attached. Is killing always a crime? Surprisingly, the answer is no. But when and why might it not be? Kanefield has the answers and fascinating cases to illustrate these questions. She gives history and context in ways all can understand. This book will be a welcome addition to all middle- and high-school libraries as well as history and government classes.

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Author Teri Kanefield
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 144 pages
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2014-Nov-04
ISBN 9780544148963
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Issue January 2015
Category Young Adult


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