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Violent Juvenile Offenders
Examines the issues and theories relating to violent juvenile offenders and makes recommendations to help resolve the factors creating this problem.
# 113138 | 2,660 words | 7 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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This paper examines the problem of juvenile offenders in the US. The paper first suggests that, although the United States continues to hold more juveniles in prison under the sentence of life without the possibility of parole than all other countries, this monumental problem of juvenile violent offenders can be stopped. The paper then reviews the rational choice model and the social disorganization theory, which present different views about the causes of juvenile delinquency, but agree on the importance of social factors in the problem of juvenile delinquency. The paper thus recommends developing a social plan to eradicate poverty, improve parenting, and encourage teens to stay away from nonviolent crimes as well as a program within community organizations such as the public school system to address juvenile delinquency.

Table of Contents:
The Scope of the Issue
Makeup of the Juvenile Population
Juvenile Offenders and Offenses
Theories Regarding Juvenile Offenders
Rational Choice Theory
Social Disorganization Theory

From the Paper:

"One of those conditions of social change that has been proven to influence the juvenile delinquent possibilities of juveniles is socioeconomic change. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, juveniles living under the poverty line have proved to be more involved in delinquency than juveniles who are not impoverished. Although the study contended that poverty does not necessarily have a direct link to juvenile violent offenses, it does tend to produce juveniles who are in single parent homes or who become parents during their adolescent years, both of which are indicators of delinquency."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boehnke, Klaus and Dagmar Bergs-Winkels. (2002). Juvenile Delinquency Under Conditions of Rapid Social Change. Sociological Forum. 17 (1), 57-79.
  • Bikel, Ofra. (2007). When Kids Get Life. [Frontline]. Boston: Washington Educational Foundation.
  • Hemer, Karen. (1997). Socioeconomic Status, Subcultural Definitions, and Violent Delinquency. Social Forces. 75 (3), 799-833.
  • Human Rights Council (2006). Juvenile Sentencing. (4th Session). Berkley: Connie de la Vega and Nicole Skibola.
  • Keel, Robert O. (2005). Rational Choice and Deterrence Theory. Retrieved July 1, 2008, from

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