Contingent Childhood: Black Children and the Making of Juvenile Justice
This chapter describes the arc of the book’s narrative and includes a brief description of each chapter. The overarching argument—that notions of race, childhood, and rehabilitation intersected with the new apparatus of Cook County Juvenile Justice System, and shaped the evolution of juvenile justice in Illinois—is introduced with a case study about a poor migrant boy. His experience foreshadowed the fate of many African American children in Chicago’s juvenile justice system.
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