Crime Causation and Diversion
Over the last 100 years juveniles have always broken laws. However, going into the 21st century times have changed because of the computer age we live in. Juveniles today can access any information on how to commit crimes from robbing banks, selling drugs, auto theft, how to purchase weapons, and how to make bombs et cetera. The knowledge available to day is far more dangerous than 100 years ago. As a result society should create ways to help or children to refrain from breaking the laws in stead of placing them in the criminal justice system. The focus of this paper is to describe the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services (OAYS) First Time Offenders and the Youth Cornerstone program. Address why the programs should work to reduce juvenile crime based on an analysis of the relationship between program premise and goals as well as one or more major causes of juvenile delinquent behavior (University of Phoenix, 2011, p. 8).
Both programs have been put into practice as methods of prevention against delinquent behavior and criminal activity in youth before an altercation of negativity occurs. Both FTOP and Youth Cornerstone programs educate, train, and offer a variety of rehabilitative activities, such as time out strategy, danger signs in communication, GED programs, THRIVE, 3-D, and SIPP. As a result of these programs law enforcement, juvenile justice and criminal court systems present other alternatives instead of placing juveniles in the correctional system as first or second time offender. We know it a know fact that most judges are in favor of issuing “just deserts” to repeated offender serious or not. The Oklahoma Association of Youth Services (OAYS) implemented the First Time Offenders Program (FTOP) in 1995. In 1994 the Oklahoma Senate passed a law mandating that the office of Juvenile Affairs develop an alternative diversion program in conjunction with the courts system and the Department of Juvenile Justice...
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