Juvenile Justice

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Running Head: Crime Causation and Prevention
Bobby Murphy
University of Phoenix
Mr. Ladet
March 28, 2013
The issue of juvenile crimes has been of great concern to many people in the American society. Despite putting in place various programs to see that crime rates among juveniles are reduced, many juvenile courts and recreational centers have reported increased cases of dealing with juvenile delinquency. It thus leaves one wondering if the programs that are in place to control and deal with the juvenile delinquency cases are the ones failing or if it’s the society that has failed completely to give the required direction to the youths. There are many cases that have been reported as the main causes of juvenile delinquency. The major causes being attributed to the environment the child is raised. It has been a tradition that juvenile delinquencies are locked up in juvenile prisons as a way of recreating them. However, it has turned out that by locking up the kids, instead of achieving the best results of a rehabilitated child, the results are usually worse than putting in place programs that are family and community based. Therefore, instead of the program of locking up children rehabilitating them, it leads to increased recidivism (Virginia Youth Violence Project, School of Education, University of Virginia, n.d). It is thus important that for juvenile agencies to focus their efforts in using evidence- based practices that have been reported to reduce juvenile delinquency. Such programs ensure that the children are safe, and thus the family and the entire society. It is thus important to apply programs that have a successful track record that would ensure a safe society in the long run and not just for a short period. It is also important to understand that juvenile delinquencies can be prevented and those already considered to be delinquents…...

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