Juvenile Delinquency as a Public Safety Issue Research Paper by Kien

Juvenile Delinquency as a Public Safety Issue
An in-depth examination of juvenile delinquency as a public safety issue, including its causes, prevention and demographics.
# 153571 | 4,607 words | 8 sources | APA | 2013 | KE
Published on Jun 17, 2013 in Criminology (Juvenile Justice) , Sociology (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper explores the issue of juvenile delinquency as a public safety and security concern, owing to the rising number of delinquency incidences. The paper examines contextual developments of juvenile delinquency, the laws enacted with regard to treatment and prosecution of minor offenders, the agencies set up to deal with the issue, and the impact these developments have had on delinquency. The paper considers the varying causes of delinquency and looks at the types of offenses committed by juveniles. The paper addresses the demographic characteristics of the minor offenders in terms of age, ethnicity, and gender, and discusses prevention measures and their effectiveness. The paper highlights the need for professional rehabilitation facilities and for the establishment of measures to test the effectiveness of the existing juvenile correction and rehabilitation systems.
The paper includes a detailed outline and an annotated bibliography.

Examination of the Issue

From the Paper:

"In the United States, a juvenile delinquent is an individual yet to attain the age of the majority and whose acts have been determined by a court of law as constituting juvenile delinquency. Nevertheless, the determination process of the individual as a juvenile delinquent differs from state to state. The government has put in place measures to ensure that minor offenders are not confined in the same holding facilities with adult offenders. Similarly, it has enacted several acts such as the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Act to provide uniform guidelines across states with regard to treatment and prosecution of minor offenders. The act provides that minors involved in status offences such as alcohol consumption and tobacco smoking not be detained or institutionalized. This poses a potential risk to the society as the police are prevented from taking a reactive action which may constitute reunification of such individuals with their parents. There is increased likelihood for these minors to graduate into consumption of other hard drugs further predisposing them to engage in illegal tendencies and other juvenile activities.
"To prevent hardening of juvenile delinquents the juvenile justice act further stipulates that youthful offenders cannot be incarcerated in the same facilities with adults. However, these provisions demands for establishment of expensive juvenile facilities and whose maintenance tend to be capital intensive."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alvarado, R., & Kumpfer, K. (2000). Strengthening America's Families. Juvenile Justice , 2 (3).
  • Lawrence, R., & Mueller, D. (2003). School Shootings and the Man-Bites-Dog Criterion of Newsworthiness. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice , 1 (4), 330-345.
  • NCJRS. (2004). OJJDP National Report Series Bulletin. Washington DC.
  • OJJDP. (n.d). About OJJDP. Retrieved April 14, 2011, from http://www.ojjdp.gov/about/about.html
  • OJJDPNationalReport. (2004). Females Juvinile Delinquents. Retrieved April 14, 2011, from http://www.ncjrs.gov/html/ojjdp/202885/page12.html

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Juvenile Delinquency as a Public Safety Issue (2013, June 17) Retrieved December 10, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/juvenile-delinquency-as-a-public-safety-issue-153571/

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