The JLWOP sentence (or juvenile life without parole) has been the topic of controversy lately. Many have battered the issue back and forth, based on the morality level of American society. Should juveniles be sentenced to life without parole? In some cases people are viewing children in our society as less than competent, despite the majority of countries around the world that view adulthood as beginning shortly after puberty. It is impossible to deny the emotional and physiological differences
life without parole sentence for juveniles, regardless of the nature of the crime being charged. In a modern Western society where there is significant amount of research done of rehabilitation and criminal justice reform, the practice of sentencing JLWOP (Juvenile Life Without Parole) seems outdated and primitive. There are a number of prominent human rights groups that advocate for the banning of the LWOP sentence for juvenile offenders. In his 2010 article for the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
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Incarceration has not always been the main form of “punishment” when it comes to doing an injustice to society. In fact, in the early 1600’s common forms of punishments for doing wrong in society included social rejection, corporal punishment, forced labor etc. (“Prison History.”). It had not been until the 18th century where it had been determined that incarceration could actually be a form of punishment correlating with a set amount of time in which an individual had to serve dependent on the severity
For this study, I will use two quantitative models that explain how they manage to reduce the use of jail. The first one is the Red Hook Community Justice Center model. This model acknowledges that communities can be victims just like individuals. It offers many type of services such as restitution projects, short-term psycho-educational groups, and long-term treatment (drug treatment, mental treatment, and trauma-focused psychotherapy), and an on-site clinic staffed by social service professionals
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