Juvenile crime is increasing rapidly and is a problem that plagues America. The murder rate by 18 year olds has increased 467% since 1965! The current policy maintained for the last number of decades is clearly not effective. An increase of 207% in the number of murder cases committed by 15 year olds from 1985 to 1993 is not a sign that current policy is effective. Changes must be made. The best way to address the problem is through government funded preventative programs. The affirmative intends to prove, and stands resolved, that the federal government should establish a program to substantially reduce juvenile crime.
This, by definition, means that the federal government would benefit the country by taking action and making government programs that will decrease the number of crimes committed by minors. Contention I: The status quo is only harming the people of the united states by remaining. Subpoint A: It has become clear that the state and local governments have failed in correcting the nation wide epidemic of juvenile crime, since juvenile crime rates are rising so rapidly. Subpoint 1:An example of an ineffective state plan is that many states are attempting to incarcerate juveniles along with adults. Putting juvenile offenders in with adults increases their chances offending again when they are released by 65%. Subpoint 2: SHOCAP, a local crime reduction plan, was shut down because it was ineffective. Subpoint B: Local plans are too diverse and lack uniformity. Subpoint 1: A plan that can lift up the entire country are far superior to those that can only effect small parts.. Iowa may indeed have smaller problems than New York but Juvenile crime exists everywhere. Subpoint 2:In the hands of the federal government, a more effective, tax worthy and moral shaping plan can be spread throughout the entire united states and benefit the country as a whole. Utilizing this information from the faults and few successes of the states, will help correctly fund and perfect an active plan which will indeed begin to substantially reduce juvenile crime, before it happens...through the methods of prevention.
The plan that we the affirmative propose is one that institutes a combination of different preventative programs which the federal government will entirely set up, fund, and work with these community efforts.
Plank I: This preventative program will be funded through the organization of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention program, a federal agency which consists of 17 separate groups involved in delinquency prevention. They are equipped with 144 million dollars with which they can assist the communities to create these life saving programs. Money will come both from them and federal government funding. The government pays money to the states to use their own programs to diminish juvenile crime, but because this has proven ineffective through the rising juvenile crime rates, this money can be better used on federal programs. We must recognize how much this problem is hurting us, and be prepared to pay taxes . But with the help of the organization of juvenile justice, the taxes should be minimal.
Plank II: The OJJDP will encourage these preventative plans with and through the federal government to the states. This organization will consist of the current members, plus volunteers and paid officials who will work in communities all over the U.S.
Plank III: Mandates
Mandate 1. Schools will teach choice exercises, discourage violence and teach law and consequences to younger children in public elementary schools all over the country. It is obvious from the crime rates that children are not learning simple morals in their homes! Materials would be supplied through the federal government. This method which will help the youth of tomorrow to think about situations before impulsively acting on them.
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