Juvenile Delinquency Case Study

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2) The family and school risk factor for gang involvement is almost the same as those risk factors for juvenile delinquency. The more risk factors that the child possesses the more likely they are to join a gang. Family risk factors include single-parent households, dysfunctional family structure, sexual abuse, family violence, family drug/alcohol abuse, poverty, family members are involved with gangs, weak family bonds/structure, problems exist between child and parent, and sibling antisocial behavior. 3) The three models used to understand the relationship between delinquency and gang involvement are; selection model, which is when a delinquents’ antisocial propensities, that come from certain personality traits, self-select into gang involvement due to the fact that the gang lifestyle…show more content…
To release the youth but write up a field report to juvenile authorities. To release the youth, but file a formal report to the juvenile bureau or to an intake unit for possible action. To turn the youth over to juvenile authorities immediately. Refer the case directly to the court through the district or county attorney. Officers may also just counsel the youth, return them to their family, refer to social services for help or charged and processed by the juvenile justice system. I do think that the amount of discretion given to law enforcement officers in dealing with youth is appropriate. The officers need to have the alternatives or discretion to deal with each case appropriately. This is due to the fact that every case is never the same, some juveniles have prior records, their attitudes and family situations are different, the seriousness of the offense differs etc. For whatever the reason the officers need to have the right amount of discretion to handle the case that is in the best interests of both the juvenile and the

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