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Juvenile Justice in the Making$
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David S. Tanenhaus

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306507.001.0001

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Building a Model Court

Building a Model Court

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(p.23) Two Building a Model Court
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Juvenile Justice in the Making
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David S. Tanenhaus

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306507.003.0002

This chapter discusses the development of juvenile court. On July 3, 1899, Lucy Flower's vision of a “parental court” for Chicago became a reality when the Honorable Richard Tuthill, a Civil War veteran and respected jurist who had sat on the circuit court for more than a decade, ushered in the modern era for juvenile justice by informally adjudicating the case of 11-year-old Henry Campbell. Juvenile courts, including Chicago's model one, were not immaculate constructions; they were built over time. It took more than a generation to pour form and substance into the idea of a juvenile court. The length of this construction process, which—due to American federalism—varied from state to state, reveals that the history of juvenile justice has not been a simple story of a decline or fall from high foundational principles.

Keywords:   juvenile court, juvenile justice, Chicago, Richard Tuthill

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