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Everyday we read in the newspaper or watch T.V and hear news of crimes committed by Juveniles. With all of the crime being reported by the media about juveniles, one can’t help but wonder if all of our nation’s youth are juvenile delinquents. Although there are many cases where the juvenile did not commit a serious crime, there are others where the crime is so bad the juvenile court system tries the juvenile as an adult. Instead of seeking help for the individual, our justice system places them in adult facilities to “teach them a lesson.” The justice system fails to see what the cause of this outbreak is in a child whether it was abuse, neglect, or where they grew up
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Remember doing something mischievous or wrong when you were a kid and getting the label "delinquent" slapped on you? Did you ever wonder what it meant? The legal term "juvenile delinquency" was established so that young lawbreakers could avoid the disgrace of being classified in legal records as criminals. Juvenile delinquency laws were designed to provide treatment, rather than punishment, for juvenile offenders. Young delinquents are usually sent to juvenile courts, where the main aim is to rehabilitate offenders, rather than punish them. But, the term "juvenile delinquency" itself has come to imply disgrace in today's society. A youngster can be labeled a "delinquent" for breaking any
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: crime, harassment, bullying, dating violence, carrying weapons at school and auto violence, including the attempt or suicidal ideation. Katner , 2006)
There have been cases where children have experienced a traumatic event in childhood, mostly related to the consumption of alcohol by a relative. Each traumatic event increased 35 percent to 144 the risk of committing a criminal act. Among girls the risk of committing violence increases between 1.7 and 5 times compared to those who had a happy childhood, regardless of how off the event. In the case of boys the risk is 77 times larger.
In common parlance, there is an understanding of juvenile delinquency as meaning adolescents
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the main factors influencing juvenile delinquency are the family structure that a child is exposed to and the relationships adolescents have with parents. As with patterns of juvenile delinquency, family structure in the United States has also changed dramatically over the last century, becoming very diverse in today's society. Adolescents of all ages are living in many various types of homes, such as with single, married and cohabiting parents. The families that children grow up in and the social environment in which they live can have major effects on their well-being. Children living in nontraditional households are at a greater risk for a wide variety of negative outcomes including
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Assessment Case Management, Juvenile Breaking the Cycle, Probation and Teen Court are set in place to reduce juvenile involvement in the juvenile justice system by providing substitutes to incarceration (Tarolla et al., 2002)
Boot camps and wilderness programs are used to discipline juvenile delinquents. The youth in these programs are enforce structure routines and are taught various life skills, to prevent them from falling into delinquency behavior (Lipsey, 2009). Juvenile delinquents in Boot Camps had strict rules, physical activities, daily schedules, and were treated about 30-180 days through military maneuvers (Tarolla et al., 2002). In the wilderness programs, juvenile delinquents are
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Juvenile delinquency is the participation of illegal behavior by minors. Usually crimes committed by a child under the age of 18. The young people who usually live in difficult circumstances are the ones who are at risk of becoming “delinquents.” Juvenile delinquency is becoming more complicated and universal. This is a local problem happening in our cities today. It is easy for people to view “juvenile delinquents” as thugs or criminals. The reality is many of these so called “delinquents” has either been abused, lack proper supervision and support, or have been untreated fairly in schools.
In juvenile cases children are alleged to have broken a law or (laws) starting from staying out
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The two websites I found that promote community involvement in the prevention of juvenile delinquency are http://www.uncjin.org/Standards/Rules/r12/r12.html and http://www.safeyouth.org/scripts/teens/docs/community.pdf. The first website discusses the fundamental principles, scope of the guidelines, general principles and socialization processes of juvenile delinquency prevention. Their beliefs are that juveniles can develop non-criminal attitudes "by engaging in lawful, socially useful activities and adopting a humanistic orientation" (Guidelines for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency). I believe that this website is appealing to adults. This website would be useful to parents of
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On any given day you cannot open up a newspaper or turn on a televisionand not find an article or a broadcast about juveniles committing crimes, but thequestion is who is to be blamed for the juvenile delinquency of our Jamaican society?Juvenile delinquency is a violation of the law by a juvenile not punishable by deathor life imprisonment. The government follows a policy that no crime goesunpunished. The controversy that surrounds courtrooms today is whether or not ajuvenile should stand trial as an adult and be punished like an adult for committingserious offenses. One side believes that juveniles should be punished according to theseverity of the crime in which they committed. The
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Arnie, who has been recommended to from part of a group home where other juvenile delinquents are living, is an unmanageable thirteen years old boy. In the past weeks, Arnie committed a great variety of delinquent activities: thefts, vandalism, bully, and try to kill her mother. Arnie’s mother states that he was manageable when his father, who committed domestic violence against her, was in home. When Arnie was eight years old, his delinquent behavior started by stole a cassette player in an electronic’ store (Santrock, J. W. 2012). As Arnie a lot of adolescents are committing somewhat juvenile delinquency or merely misbehaving. For instance, in 1999, the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) states
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deviant. Another thing that can help a child from becoming a delinquent is giving them an authority figure or role model to look up to and talk to. A child should have a numerous amount of people to admirer and ask for advice. Parents, teachers, coaches, and counselors should all be there to help a child when they need guidance.The government could help prevent the delinquency of juveniles by making after school programs mandatory to first time offenders. When a child is charged with a minor misdemeanor crime by the courts then the judge should make the juvenile participate in programs such as the Boys and Girls Club or Big Brother/ Big Sister for a certain amount of time. The government addresses
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must be identified.
“Family Life, Delinquency, and Crime: A Policymaker’s Guide,”compiled by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, introduces us to the theory that the family structure is a precursor to delinquent behavior. The authors and research contributors cite various family “dysfunctions” that contribute to delinquent behavior. Some of the family dysfunctions that the authors focus on are; parental criminality, parental interaction, parental supervision, and single-parent families. Parental criminality plays an important role in relation to delinquency, but based upon the stdies reviewed, poor parenting appears to be among the most powerful predictors of juvnile
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, flourishing and returning to society.
Every year, juvenile’s courts in the United States handle an estimated 1.7 million cases in which the youth was charged with a delinquency offense. In 2007 juvenile courts handled about 4,600 delinquency cases per day. The trends in juvenile court cases paralleled the decline in arrests of persons under 18. In 1996 more than half the cases waived to criminal court were non-violent, meaning that most juveniles commit lesser crimes that require only rehab to fix. Too many children are prosecuted as adults for crimes that do not fit the punishment. Latest statistics say that 67% of juvenile defendants in adult court are, African American; 77% of juveniles
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Reducing Juvenile Delinquency PAGE 1
Running Head: REDUCING JUVENILE DELINQUENCYReducing Juvenile DelinquencyReducing Juvenile DelinquencyIntroductionThe legal term "juvenile delinquency" was established so that young lawbreakers could avoid the disgrace of being classified in legal records as criminals. Juvenile delinquency laws were designed to provide treatment, rather than punishment, for juvenile offenders. Young delinquents are usually sent to juvenile courts, where the main aim is to rehabilitate offenders, rather than punish them. But, the term "juvenile delinquency" itself has come to imply disgrace in today's society. A youngster can be labeled a "delinquent" for breaking any
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Juvenile Delinquency – Senseless Killings
Some young teenagers have resorted to the senseless murder of innocent people. Most the cases involve young teenage males who have had a past history of feelings of alienation and gain the sense of separation of themselves from the outside world. The article refers to the murder of Kimberly Cates, who was hacked to death while sleeping in her home in Mount Vernon, New Hampshire, two teenage boys randomly chose her (Schweitzer, 2009). This type crime is occurring more often across the nation, one teen decides to release his aggression on the world, with others going along with it.
Statistics and crime data reveal that during the last quarter of
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The current statistics of juvenile delinquency are astounding. I will look at the most recent statistics and a few of the programs implemented to reduce or prevent delinquency. Before delving too deep into juvenile delinquency, it is important to consider the definitions of "juvenile" and "delinquent". The Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives two definitions of "juvenile": 1. Showing incomplete development, and 2. A young person; one below the legally established age of adulthood (1997). Merriam-Webster defines "delinquent" as: offending by neglect or violation of duty or law (1997). As a complete definition of juvenile delinquent it is safe to repeat "a person below the established
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Juvenile Delinquency: Genetic or Environmental
“Oh, well, I’ll end up in jail anyway! It’s in my genes!” This was the heartfelt declaration of a 15 year-old teen. Was it inevitable that he follow in his father’s footsteps on the path of delinquent behavior and subsequent brushes with the law? Was juvenile delinquency actually a by-product of genetics or could it be a product of “behavioral sink”- that environmental abyss that absorbs so many teens?
Definition of delinquency
Although arguable on both sides, environment clearly has the lead in determining juvenile behavior. The very definition of juvenile delinquency states: “Delinquency is a major social problem
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Juvenile Delinquency in the States
Presently, juvenile justice is widely acknowledged as being in a state of flux in the United States. The early 1990s saw the most substantial rise in violent crime committed by juveniles ever experienced in this country. On the heels of decades of skepticism about the effectiveness of parens patriae (the state as parent), this rise was the "proof" for many "experts" who believe that the juvenile justice system should be abolished. These skeptics reason that one criminal court could still have some latitude when sentencing younger offenders, but that kids are now committing adult crimes, so it is time to treat them as adults.
Fortunately, this is
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Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Matsueda, R. L. (1982). Testing control theory and differential association: A causal modeling approach. American sociological review, 489-504.
Matsueda, R. L., & Anderson, K. (1998). The dynamics of delinquent peers and delinquent behavior*. Criminology, 36(2), 269-308.
Snyder, J., Dishion, T. J., & Patterson, G. R. (1986). Determinants and consequences of associating with deviant peers during preadolescence and adolescence. The Journal of Early Adolescence.
Warr, M. (1996). Organization and instigation in delinquent groups*. Criminology, 34(1), 11-37.
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Throughout generations the rate of delinquency has rocketed. The government has reformed different laws and amendments to protect the community. Delinquency has been taken advantage and will remain to, if the proper action isn't taken place. If the government has such an authoritative power, why are the numbers still increasing? The first priority of the government shouldn’t be the safety of community, but the imprisonment or the captivity of the individuals performing the careless acts. From the day the juvenile has been given a sentence till the day the sentence has expired this individual should be given extra attention to. This individual has the ability to commit crimes that
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illnesses.” (Bilderya 1) Juvenile crime stems from mostly mental and physiological reasoning, from watching parents fight, repeating what is said around the house to just down right low grades., resulting in higher crime rates among adolescents.
Delinquency is a rising problem right here in the Michigan, and research shows that most juvenile delinquency comes from issues and illnesses in the brain. What children see/hear at a young age can very well affect them later in life. “Poor role modeling or mistreatment by parents such as abusive behavior or neglect can start your child down the wrong path” (Fisher 7) Everyday, ordinary things can put the wrong message in a child s mind. Such as the
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Female Juvenile Delinquency in Canada
The punishment for girls was much more harsh in the early days of Canada’s history when crime was seen as an intolerable part of town life. Young girls of age thirteen and fourteen were often hanged for theft in the mid to late 17th century Quebec or put in detention centres (usually a hospital) for as much as six years at a time (Carrigan 8). Age was sometimes taken into consideration for serious crimes and so whipping and branding was used instead of execution. The practise in Halifax in 1815 was to whip a girl thirty-nine times at the community whipping post (Carrigan 37). The most common problem among girls during this time and in the
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In depicting juvenile delinquency in the classroom, a few film directors portrayed novice teachers' desire to reach what the school system customarily labeled as "problem students." These films illustrate that these students are often categorized quickly and unfairly, and hopeful intervention by a few caring and zealous teachers is enough to change their lives and attitudes for the better.
In the black and white 1955 film "Blackboard Jungle," Mr. Dadier (played by Glenn Ford) was an idealistic teacher on his first job in a tough urban mostly white male high school. The characters were dressed in clothing of the time (jeans rolled up at the cuffs, tee shirts, bow ties, baseball caps
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juveniles who are only sentenced to a short-term, a few months. In contrast, the secured juvenile hall facilities are used for the juvenile who are sentenced to long-term for committing crimes and not acts. Next, there is group or foster home incarceration sentencing. This type of incarcerating disposition order can be used if the court feels that delinquency is arises because of family members or if the delinquent has disputes with their original family. Finally, the last type of incarceration is adult jail such as count jail or state prison. This type of incarceration is considered when the juvenile is no longer committing delinquent acts, but crimes. For instance, if a juvenile commits a
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Juvenile delinquency is one of the major social issues in the United States today. Juvenile delinquency, also known as juvenile offending, is when “a violation of the law committed by a juvenile and not punishable by death or life imprisonment” (Merriam-webster.com). Although we have one justice system in America, the juvenile system differs from the adult juvenile system. Most juvenile delinquents range from as low as the age of seven to the age of seventeen. Once the delinquent or anyone turns the age of eighteen, they are considered an adult. Therefore, they are tried as an adult, in the justice system. There are many different reasons why a child would commit crime, such as mental
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juvenile delinquents under the age of 12 years, in 1995, the number more than doubled to 3,400, and in 2005, the number rose to 4,700. During the same time period, the numbers grew from 31,400 in 1985, to 64,500 in 1995, and reached 77,600 across the United States of America (USA) for juvenile delinquents in the 13 to 15 age group (Puzzanchera and Kang, 2008).As the rate of juvenile delinquency across the USA skyrockets, we begin to take a closer look at the juvenile systems in place and the factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency. According to Merrian-Webster Online Dictionary, juvenile delinquency is defined as 揅onduct by a juvenile characterized by antisocial behavior that is
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Juvenile delinquency is a problem these days, despite a recent drop in arrests. Roughly 2.5 million juveniles are arrested every year for different crimes in America. About 100,000 of those are violent crimes, however those statistics are slightly inaccurate since only half of juvenile crimes are reported (Juvenile Justice Basic Statistics, 2011). Creating interventions to assist at-risk youth means preventing them from starting on a path to crime is a priority. Juvenile justice system researchers and professionals must gain a better understanding of the contributing elements that cause delinquent behavior.
The study seeks to determine the most prevalent causes among the criminal
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Literature Review: Poverty and Juvenile Delinquency
This section will examine some of the family issues that previous research has found to correlate to juvenile delinquency. First, the parenting strategies within families will be explored. Then, there will be a look into the financial status of the families and child delinquency. Third, this paper will examine the lives of homeless youth and their
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One of the best strategies for combating juvenile delinquency is adopting developmental crime prevention program. Developmental crime prevention programs aim to lower an individual’s potential of becoming criminal. The theory that guides these types of programs is that criminal and deviant activity is the result of early life experiences and learning. These programs put an emphasis on what causes individuals to commit deviant acts in order to identify ways that this activity can be stopped (Lab, 2014). A key piece to developmental crime prevention programs is identifying risk and protective factors for offending.
A risk factor is any variable increases the probability of
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Professor Michael Batstone
April 25, 2014
The movie Blind Side was based on the best-selling book The Blind Side by Michael Lewis. In this story the main character Michael Oher is a troubled child that is taken in by an upper class family and is put through school. During the course of this story you can see how many of the Juvenile Delinquency theories that we reviewed in class can be applied and seen, it also shows that some theories can be proven wrong based on the circumstances.
One of the Juvenile Delinquency theories that could have changed this whole story is one of Development theories’ sub theories, Life-course theory. “Life-course theory
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Juvenile delinquency is a relatively new phenomenon. For this reason, society’s reactions and solutions to the problem of delinquency are also modern developments. The United States developed the first youth court in 1899 and is now home to many new and formerly untested methods of juvenile rehabilitation and correction. One of many unique programs within the Juvenile Justice system, boot camps are institutions designed to keep delinquent juveniles out of traditional incarceration facilities and still provide a structured method of punishment and rehabilitation. Boot camps developed in the early 1990s and quickly proliferated throughout the nation. Specifically, they are
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Over the years, countless efforts have been made to find a comprehensive explanation for delinquency. The results of these efforts have offered possible reasons as being both biological and social. It is still debatable as to what forces have the greatest influence on youth crime, but it is undoubted that several factors clearly make an impact. The direct relationships a child has with concrete social elements, like his family and friends, are likely to give some intimation of his involvement in crime. However, it must be noted that there are more abstract contexts for socialization that also exist as potential explanations for a child’s behavior.
The most prominent of these less
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Countless studies from respected sociologists, criminologists, and psychologists have suggested several theories as to why juvenile delinquency exists. The theory this paper uses to explain juvenile delinquency is the Marxist perspective of the Conflict Theory. What this paper seeks to achieve is to show how this theory is conceptualized, how it causes juvenile delinquency particularly for African Americans, statistics on African American juveniles, and why it could lead to a life of crime as juveniles transition into adulthood. In addition to this, the government will be examined on how it uses the legal system, law enforcement, and certain officials to control most of the
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For years there has been a debate about what leads to juvenile delinquency. Two reasons repeatedly come up during the debate; Education level and poverty. The differences and similarities with these two reasons makes one see how this deduction came to be however; upon closer inspection one can notice how it isn’t one risk factor over another that causes delinquency but a combination of those factors. A child can come up in a rundown neighborhood with little to no money to spread around, but and doesn’t live anywhere near a good school within his district. Just by hearing this information, many people would think that this child has a very high chance of becoming a juvenile delinquent
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The Curfew PAGE 1
Running Head: THE CURFEWThe Curfew: Issues on Juvenile Delinquency and Constitutional RightsThe Curfew: Issues on Juvenile Delinquency and Constitutional RightsIntroductionJuvenile crime is becoming a threat to society as years go by. Crimes committed by children below 15 have been reported as early as the 19th century, when they faced about the same punishments as adult criminals: public shaming, incarceration, even execution by hanging. At least 10 juveniles who were under 14 at the time of their offense were executed during the 1800s, including two who were just 10 years old, says the Washington-based Coalition for Juvenile Justice (Kresnak, 2003, p. 2).The country
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Juvenile Delinquency in the form of School Violence at Secondary Schools in Trinidad and TobagoViolence in Trinidad and Tobago has been escalating as is reflected in the high crime rates in society. Youth violence especially in schools has become a common feature of life in Trinidad and Tobago. Everyday newspaper headlines in Trinidad and Tobago expose the worrying dimension of school violence for all stakeholders in the education system. Some of the worrying media headings include: "Student stabs student" and "Fight breaks out in school in south." Incidences have become more aggressive and rampant and this upsurge has led to concern as to the causal factors of school violence. School
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television today is different than television of the past, violence is more prevalent in todays programming unlike the true family programming of the past.EFFECTS OF TELEVISION - THE BEGINNINGQuestions about the effects of television violence have been around since the beginning of television. The first mention of a concern about television's effects upon our children can be found in many Congressional hearings as early as the 1950s. For example, the United States Senate Committee on Juvenile Delinquency held a series of hearings during 1954-55 on the impact of television programs on juvenile crime. These hearings were only the beginning of continuing congressional investigations by this
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Juvenile delinquency for a long time has remained a debatable topic among psychologists, criminologists, and even sociologists. Many opposing and concurring arguments have been experienced with many researchers concentrating on real cause, which can be explained using different theories ranging from the classical to contemporary ones. Agnew (2005, p. 16) states that there is need to have different and flexible theoretical views on causes of these crimes which is mainly necessitated by the changed ways of
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Do you remember doing something mischievous or wrong when you were a kid and getting the label 'delinquent' slapped on you ? Did you ever wonder what it meant ? That is what my topicfor today is . . . juvenile delinquency. In this report I will: define juveniledelinquency, give the extent of juvenile delinquency, give some suggestions on what causesjuvenile delinquency, and what is being done in various communities to deal with thisgrowing problem.The legal term juvenile delinquent was established so that younglawbreakers could avoid the disgrace of being classified in legal records as criminals.Juvenile delinquency laws were designed to provide treatment, rather than punishment
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“Rape: the unlawful compelling of a person through physical force or duress to have sexual intercourse.” Rape is not about having unwanted sex with other, but it It is all about one power overruling another. After rape, victims think they lost everything of them and live their life with full of guilt and depression. At this moment, does age really matter? Younger age doesn’t alleviate anguish of…victim nor change the situation. Criminal is a criminal and this fact never changes. Juvenile delinquent who is accused of rape should be tried and sentenced as an adult because this criminal left indelible wound on the victim and sentencing high penalty will give criminal a time to
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Juvenile delinquency is an ongoing issue in today’s society. On some of the last juvenile delinquency statistics recorded in 2009, approximately 1.9 million underage individuals were reported being arrested in the United States alone (Ryan, Williams, & Courtney, 2013). The US Census Bureau recorded nearly 313.9 million individuals were presently living in the US in 2012 (U.S. Census, 2012). When statistics are compared 1.9 million juvenile delinquencies sounds minimal to the 313.9 million individuals in society. However, 313.9 million isn’t categorizing what number of the individuals are juvenile, young adults, middle-aged adults, or older adults. The rate of individuals classified as
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Juvenile Justice Policy ReformIt is a disturbing fact that the number of delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts increased 43% between 1985 and 2000 (Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, 2000). According to Snyder (2000), "Delinquency offences are acts committed by juveniles that would be crimes if committed by adults." (OJJDP, 2000). Here is the question to discuss. What causes these youth to behave the way to get involved in the illegal acts, and who and how to deal with this problem? Indeed, this paper will discuss about the approaches and legal mechanisms that address the issue of juvenile delinquency.Apparently, juvenile justice policy has been swinging between
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Juvenile Delinquency is defined as the actions of illegal activities committed by minors and it has been on the rise for many years. Children and Adolescents who commit crimes at an early age are prone to have been exposed to a risk factor that has influenced their decision to perform youth crimes. A risk factor is characterized by variables or hazards that if presented to an individual they would most likely develop a disorder and in this case, juvenile delinquency. Children and teenagers are young which means they are easily influenced by what happens around them. If a minor grows up in an environment that offers negative impacts they would most likely grow up behaving the same way
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state by state basis. Griffin (2008) stated that all of the laws fall into one of the three primary mechanisms for transfer to adult court: judicial waiver laws, statutory exclusion laws, and prosecutorial discretion or concurrent jurisdiction laws. Kupchik (2006) stated that the core mechanism for transfer to adult court in the past was initially judicial waiver/transfer laws. According to Fagan (2008) judicial waiver is the process in the juvenile court in which the judge has been granted the authority to waive juvenile court jurisdiction and transfer the juvenile offender’s case to adult court.
According to Mears (2003) on an annual basis only 1% of all processed delinquency cases are
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Race and Juvenile Justice addresses the correlation between race, juvenile delinquency, and justice. Through various essays addressing historical backgrounds, part one discusses racial disparities regarding the juvenile delinquency of White, Latino, Black, Asian American, and Native American youth. Part two explores significant issues such as domestic violence, gang involvement, the application of the death penalty to juveniles, disproportionate minority confinement, the due process revolution, and the positive and negative effects of both prevention and intervention. Through this compilation, Everette Penn, Helen Taylor Greene, and Shaun L. Gabbidon attempt to provide answers for the
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Juvenile JusticeThe Juvenile Justice System as it typically functions in America's thousands of jurisdictions is the subject that will be covered. The Juvenile Justice System is defined as that 'sociolegal process having responsibility and authority for public reaction to current juvenile delinquency and deterrence of future juvenile delinquency, including within that process the public and private agents, agencies, laws, rules, and policies having to do with juvenile delinquency'(Weiner, 1987, p.12). This paper will deal with the history of the juvenile system, the need for the juvenile system, juvenile court functions, parents in court and programs that have worked, along with ones that
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applies criminal law to persons not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts. The age for criminal culpability is usually 18. The goal of the juvenile justice system is still to rehabilitate, but if juveniles commit serious enough crimes they can be transferred into adult court if juvenile court waives or relinquishes jurisdiction.The characteristics of the modern juvenile court have evolved over many decades. Legal reforms such as rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court (Kent v. United States 1966), and acts of Congress (the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974) and many other changes, were not consistent in how they were administered across the country. Beginning
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Remember doing something mischievous or wrong when you were a kid and getting the label'delinquent' slapped on you ? Did you ever wonder what it meant ? That is what my topicfor today is . . . juvenile delinquency. In this report I will: define juveniledelinquency, give the extent of juvenile delinquency, give some suggestions on what causesjuvenile delinquency, and what is being done in various communities to deal with thisgrowing problem. The legal term juvenile delinquent was established so that younglawbreakers could avoid the disgrace of being classified in legal records as criminals.Juvenile delinquency laws were designed to provide treatment, rather than punishment, forjuvenile
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“In the law a juvenile is defined as a person who is not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts.” (“Juvenile Law”). Juveniles are not adults therefore they should not be treated like they are an adult. Most adults’ brains are fully developed and should have a different consequence than a juvenile whose brain is nowhere near fully developed. Juvenile delinquency can be resolved before any serious act takes place, or after a violent felony is committed. Whichever way the juvenile is helped there are plenty of ways to help juveniles prepare themselves for their future of becoming an adult, and the consequences that come with actions. There are many reasons why juveniles should be
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There is no way to stop gangs from influencing other people to join. But we can try to keep teenage gangs away from other teenagers. If gang members who are in their teens get caught doing something wrong whether it is on school property or not, they should be punished for it. They shouldn't just be suspended. If they are suspended, it is only a matter of time before they come back or go to another school and continue doing illegal activities. Instead of being suspended, gang members should be sent to juvenile delinquency centers. At these juvenile delinquency center, gang members can learn about all the negativity gang affiliation can bring into no only their lives but also the lives of
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Today juvenile justice consists of state policies, laws, agencies, and programs designed to address the needs of minors, and to hold juveniles and their parents accountable for their actions. Called the balanced approach, present day juvenile justice attempts to protect juveniles and guide them toward productive lives, while holding them accountable for their actions and protecting public safety. Both treatment and punishment are meted out by the juvenile court. Each state and local court operates somewhat differently, but most are engaged in activities to prevent child abuse and delinquency, to refer parents to services in the community to aid them in supervising and parenting their