Juvenile Justice Essays


Juvenile Delinquency Essay

Introduction In the past, there was no such term as “juvenile delinquent” or “juvenile delinquency” within the justice system. As frightening as it is to consider, over a hundred years ago, children who committed crimes were thrown into prisons with adults and some children were even sentenced to corporal punishment or even death (Yale.edu, 2000). Reformers of the justice system were the ones who pushed for a distinct court system for the treatment of juveniles, with the underlying notion being that these young people could potentially be helped and reformed. “Central to the concept of juvenile court was the principle Continue Reading...

Liberal and Conservative Beliefs Of Justices

1, 1787). UNIT 1 DISCUSSION (2) Feld's (1994) "Honest Politician's Guide to juvenile justice in the Twenty-First Century" argues that social welfare should be separated from social control in juvenile courts so as to allow courts to try all offenders in a more consistent manner that allows therapy to be delivered in a separate sphere (social welfare) and justice to be delivered in the courts (with the caveat being that youth offenders should receive smaller sentences on account of their youth). The argument is persuasive because it takes into consideration the idea that courts are there to pass judgment not to… Continue Reading...

Juvenile Probation

sure the children entrusted to their care comply with court rulings. According to 'Office of juvenile justice and Delinquency Prevention' figures, over 50% of all juvenile court cases end in the offender being granted a probation sentence. Nearly 0.5 million cases tried in juvenile courts in the year 2010 involved child-delinquent probation for a particular duration (Abusaid & Newton, 2014). Juvenile probation officers do more than merely enforcing the court's wishes. Besides being probation-period supervisors to law-breaking kids, the officers act as friendly confidantes, and occasionally, as de facto parents, who actually lend an ear to the kids' anxieties, problems,… Continue Reading...

Expulsion Of Students

from school through expulsion has been found to have positive links to contact with juvenile justice system.  Based on a study conducted in 2014, expelled students are twice as likely to be arrested for criminal behavior a few months after expulsion from school (Healy, 2014).  This implies that expulsion is not an effective form of punishment since it contributes to high likelihood of juvenile arrest.  In essence, expulsion from school does not discourage criminal behavior, but encourages it and leads to juvenile arrest. Continue Reading...

Protection Of the Victims Of Crime

other facilitating factors for the victimization for those in the above mentioned categories (Office of juvenile justice and Delinquency Prevention, n.d). Economic status- it is noted that more crime seems to be prevalent in poorer neighborhoods, though no community is immune to crimes, the lower socioeconomic communities suffer the brunt of it more. The offenders are also seen to be more in such lower economic areas hence increasing the chances of a victim running into an offender. One hence needs to choose where they live and if they happen to live in lower economic zones, then they need to… Continue Reading...

American Corrections and Sentencing Trends

range. Researches examining regional disparities in states are informative as well[footnoteRef:9]. Researches into county-level disparities in the domain of juvenile justice results discovered that individual-level properties do not singlehandedly impact outcomes. Rather, the minor's residential community composition also plays a role. Researches attempting at better understanding procedures between apprehension and incarceration, especially at the sentencing phase, have been engaged in for acquiring a better grasp of the unaccounted-for discrepancies in state detention centers. [9: Richard J. Stringer, and Melanie M. Holland. "It's not all black and white: A propensity score matched, multilevel examination of racial drug sentencing disparities." Journal… Continue Reading...

Careers in Criminal Justice and Prospects

parole and probation officer. I even feel prepared to work within the juvenile justice system. Wherever I am needed, I will rise to the occasion, applying all I have learned in my criminal justice, sociology, and psychology courses to working with offenders trying to reintegrate themselves into their communities. In fact, I even believe that I can make a difference in the lives of others. My education has shown me what the role of the corrections officer is in the community, and within the government. I see that I am entrusted with the responsibility of helping reduce rates of… Continue Reading...

Domestic Violence and the Effect on Children

take notice and intervene. References Barrett, D., Ju, S., Katsiyannis, A., Zhang, D. (2015). Females in the juvenile justice system: influences on delinquency and recidivism. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24: 427-433. Ekinci, S. & Kandemir, H. (2015). Childhood trauma in the lives of substance dependent patients: The relationship between depression, anxiety and self-esteem. Nord Journal Psychiatry, 69(4), 249-253. Freeman, J. (2015). Developing Social Skills and Relationships. Reclaiming Children & Youth, 23(4), 48-51. Giordano, A., Prosek, E., Stamman, J. et al. (2016). Addressing Trauma in Substance Abuse Treatment. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Addiction, 60(2): 55-71. NCADV. (2017). Statistics. Retrieved from https://ncadv.org/statistics Continue Reading...

Confronting the Problem Of Truancy

problems as a result (Mallett, 2016, p.337). Mallett (2016) also notes that the juvenile justice system seems determined to subvert rather than promote the chances of society’s most vulnerable members to succeed. One significant statistic is that the majority of incarcerated youths are minority (68%) males, suggesting that the juvenile justice system may have a disproportionate, negative impact upon this demographics’ education (Mallett 2016). Truancy is also manifest to a greater degree in socially marginalized groups such as LGBT teens, presumably due to bullying and other social challenges (Mallett 2016). Mallet (2016) also notes that the majority of crimes… Continue Reading...