Juvenile Delinquency

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Juvenile Delinquency: Is there really a light at the end of the tunnel?
Ever sit down and think about where your tax money is going? Millions of dollars a year is spent on juvenile crime reduction programming. The real question comes, does all this money benefit the troubled youth? What kind of programs work best? Is there a high turn around rate as juvenile’s progress into adulthood? Although millions of dollars have been spent on alternative sanction programs, some programs tend to work better than others in the long road. While some people believe that being a violent offender as a juvenile causes people to continue down the same path, restorative justice programs may provide hope for some young adults. With the help of juvenile programs, changing the path of young repeat offenders can cause of an all together strengthened community.

Studies show that in 1992, there were over 2.3 million juvenile arrests between the ages of twelve and sixteen (Gavazzi, 1999). With this many arrests being made a year, almost accounting for 16% of the total arrest rate, better restorative programs are being called in to try and help these troubled teens. Restorative justice efforts include victim–offender mediation, family-group conferencing, and circle sentencing. Victims become an important part of the offender’s rehabilitation process.

Since communities are putting so much of their tax money towards bettering America’s troubled youth, members of communities want to make sure that they are ensured public safety. Through this, juvenile halfway houses have been introduced into several cities across America. Then the question arises, which programs are more beneficial for juveniles?

A study was conducted on different categories of juveniles put into halfway houses, this including race, age, family configuration and diagnosis. With these components, counselors as well as specialized professionals were able to obtain a set goal for each offender. During a two year study,...
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