State Policy for Seriously Violent Juveniles Persuasive Essay by scribbler

State Policy for Seriously Violent Juveniles
An examination of state policy regarding violent juvenile delinquents.
# 152845 | 1,916 words | 7 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper identifies the four justifications for a state to remove a child from his or her family and discusses how since the white man settled in America and demanded land from the Indians, state and federal government agents have interfered on a regular basis into the families of Native Americans, and removed their children and placed them into distant boarding schools. The paper then discusses how more commonly, we are hearing about delinquent children being removed from their parents' homes, although many believe that a child should stay inside the home as part of the family unit unless there is a serious threat to the welfare of the child or society. The paper addresses the issue of seriously violent juveniles (SVJ) and how they pose an enormous threat to themselves, their families, and society as a whole, and argues that there needs to be financial, public and political support to combat the issue.

From the Paper:

"Each state in the United States has a statute that enables its agent (usually the juvenile or family court) to intrude into the privacy of a family and to consider separating the children from his or her family. The reasons for this removal could be: 1) the child has been involved in delinquent acts; 2) the child is dependent or abandoned (i.e., does not have an legal or appointed guardian); 3) the child is neglected (i.e., his or her needs are not being taken care of by the family); or, 4) the child is abused (i.e., being hurt emotionally or physically by his or her family) (American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry 1975).
"In the past, when Native American children were taken from their parental homes, the action was viewed as one that was being in the best interest of the child. Even back during Indian removal times, people believed that taking Indian children from their families and putting them in boarding schools to get a "civilized" education was in the best interest of the child. The children would live with white families and learn English and American cultures and values, forced to reject their own native culture and language. They would be stripped of any possessions that were related to their own culture and all of this was done in "the best interest of the child.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. (1975). Placement of American Indian children. Retrieved on October 1, 2010, from: hildren
  • Bilchik, Shay. (1998). Serious and violent juvenile offenders. Juvenile justice bulletin. U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Cox, Steven M., Allen, Jennifer M., Hanser, Robert. & Conrad, John J. (2007). Juvenile justice: a guide to theory, policy, and practice. Sage Publications, Inc; 6th edition.
  • Jones, Billy Joe., Tilden, Mark. & Gaines-Stoner, Kelly. (2008). The Indian child welfare act handbook: a legal guide to the custody and adoption of Native American children. American Bar Association; 2nd edition.
  • Loeber, Rolf. & Farrington, David. P. (2000). Child delinquents: development, intervention, and service needs. Sage Publications; 1st edition.

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