There are many different ways of enforcing alternative punishment among juveniles. These can ranger from workforce development programs; which provide job training to incarcerated juveniles in an attempt to prepare them for employment, to a more controversial program such as a military style boot camp; which subject the juvenile to rigorous physical activity, verbal abuse, and high amount of stress as an attempt to "break" them so they can be more effectively rehabilitated (Alternative, 2002). A lighter form of alternative punishment that is most common is community service (Donegan, 1996). Another harsher form of alternative punishment that has proven to be greatly effective is boarding schools (Boarding, 2003).
Workforce development programs prove to be highly effective in lowering the rate of repeat offenses. The Anne E. Casey Foundation, a charity for disadvantaged children, conducted an astonishing report in 2002. This report found that the average rate of repeat offenses in juvenile justice institutions was 50% to 70%. While on the other hand, the repeat rate for four of the fifteen workforce development programs was below 20%. Juveniles who are provided with opportunities and skills for careers are not as likely to be further involved with crime (Alternative, 2002). Executive director of the National Youth Employment Coalition, David Brown, says this. "If young people have a little money in their pockets and are productively occupied in employment activities, they're less likely to commit delinquent acts and more likely to be productive members of society" (Alternative, 2002, ph. 4).
Some more examples of this type of soft alternative punishment are a wide array of things that one may not think would have such an impact on juveniles as they do. These include, but are not limited to, hunter safety classes, babysitting, and victim impact situation; such as an ambulance ride along, get a life program, and a jail tour. Here is a list that might help explain this well.
Boarding Schools is an effective way of reforming juveniles. This type of punishment is often referred to as a tough love punishment also. Some people may think that boarding schools are not regulated sufficiently and/or the students are mistreated. The few incidents that might lead someone to this conclusion can not even begin to compare to the amount of juveniles that this type of reform has helped. If this means more...