The Understanding Series titles are treatises on a specific area of law. They provide an in-depth discussion of the area of law and could be called paperback hornbooks. Understanding Juvenile Law presents the two main theories of children’s rights under the law: “protectionist,” i.e., that minors are entitled to protection; and “personhood,” i.e., children are entitled to be recognized as autonomous persons. After introductory chapters on the legal status of minorities and the rights of juveniles, this book examines issues occurring outside the juvenile justice system including: family law issues, private law issues, and the constitutional rights of children. The remainder of this book deals with delinquency and status offense matters in the juvenile justice system.