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

by Teri Kanefield

When does strategy become cheating? Can good luck be theft? Is killing always a crime? Real-world cases show there are often no clear-cut answers in this fascinating look at the ever-evolving world of law and order, and crime and punishment.

"An extraordinary book . . . that could well be mind-blowing to the thoughtful young reader who is ready to move beyond the black-and-white notion that a particular act is wrong simply because it is illegal." --Richie Partington

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780544148963
  • ISBN-10: 0544148967
  • Pages: 144
  • Publication Date: 11/04/2014
  • Carton Quantity: 24

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  • About the Book

    "An extraordinary book . . . that could well be mind-blowing to the thoughtful young reader who is ready to move beyond the black-and-white notion that a particular act is wrong simply because it is illegal." --Richie Partington 

     

     

    When does strategy become cheating? Can good luck be theft? Is killing always a crime? Real-world cases show there are often no clear-cut answers in this fascinating look at the ever-evolving world of law and order, and crime and punishment. 

     

    When some people kill, they are jailed or even executed. When others do, they are celebrated as heroes. Though this example is extreme, it’s just one of many that author and lawyer Teri Kanefield explores in depth. From an examination of what constitutes a crime, why and how we punish people who commit crimes, how the government determines these rules, to how citizens have reacted when they feel laws aren’t fair, this book will challenge young readers’ thinking about law and order, crime and punishment, while giving them specific legal cases to ponder along the way. For ages 12 and up, this examination of the legal system will also include historical photography to help bring each legal case to life.
     

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    "Kanefield not only allows readers to understand how notions of right and wrong change over time and across cultures, helping them begin to understand the complexities of crime and punishment, but she will probably leave them eager to find out more."

    Horn Book Magazine

    "This short book is dense with examples and ideas and makes a complicated, somewhat daunting subject more accessible and interesting to a younger audience." 

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    "An easy and informative read, gives basic information about the criminal justice system, and will appeal to those interested in the topic." 

    —VOYA

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