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Juvenile Delinquency

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As stated by Bartol and Bartol “Juvenile delinquency is an imprecise, nebulous, social, clinical, and legal label for a wide variety of law- and norm-violating behavior” (2011, Pg 139). The juvenile delinquency term has come to imply disgrace in today's correctional institution. Our government is up hold to procedures and expected to come with a solution to solving the delinquent problem. An underage offender can be labeled a delinquent for breaking any number of laws, ranging from robbery to running away from home, and especially being involved in school violence. The following situations faced by correction officials when dealing with juvenile delinquents will be examined. Three main areas (child development, punishments, and deterrence tactics) will be briefly analyzed to give adequate explanation of the issue.

Child development is where intervention for juvenile delinquency may be enforced. Parents have the majority of control over an infant’s activities at an early age and have to be able to spot their actions. As explained by the authoritative style, “parents try to direct their children’s activities in a rational, issue-standard manner” (Bartol and Bartol, 2011, Pg 37). Child development can be related to social learning, as stated by Bartol and Bartol “it involves learning from watching others and organizing social experiences in the brain (2011, Pg 78). As a recent article by Myers and Michael (2005) described, “strong parental bonds with children (starting at an early age), providing opportunities and recognition for positive behavior, improving parental skills and childhood learning skills, and establishing and maintaining healthy community beliefs and clear standards for behavior.” Indeed, teaching and enforcing posi...

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...have to always be available and accessible to our children. Government agencies such as law enforcement officials need to continue being able to deter and show vital change in the community against delinquent crime. Detecting unwanted behavior at an early life stage is the key to preventing juvenile delinquency.

Works Cited

Baker, F (1991). Saving Our Kids. New York: Cornelia and Michael Bessie Books.

Bartol, A. M., & Bartol, C. R. (2011). Criminal behavior: A psychological approach (9th ed). Pearson Education, Inc.

Myers, D. L., & Michael, A. (2005). Communities that care in practice. Journal for Juvenile Justice Services, 20(1), 59-77. Retrieved November 11, 2011, from EBSCOhost.

Seiter, R. P. (2008). Corrections: An Introduction. (2nd ed). New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.

Worrall, J.L. (2008). Crime Control in America. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.
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