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The central idea proposed by the author is to shift the function of the juvenile court, and by association, others' perception of it, from that of a criminal court enforcing laws, to that of a civil court responsible instead for administering law, as it pertains to parents; caretakers, and children themselves. Such a shift, argues Moore, convincingly, would also serve the socially useful function of holding caretakers more responsible for properly caring for children, thereby better helping such children avoid future lives of crime and/or social dependency, and thus better assuring that they will grow into responsible adulthood, and be willing and able to lead productive lives.
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Mark H. Moore,
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