Juvenile Justice- Helpful or harmful?

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Throughout the years, the Juvenile detention has suffered from an identity crisis so severe that it seems to be relinquishing its ability to help youth. The United States still puts more children and teenagers in juvenile detention than any other developed nations in the world. As it turns out, it seems to be hurting our youth more than helping them become better for society. The juvenile detention is a really unfavorable strategy for many youths under the age of 19. Not only does throwing a kid in detention often reduce the chance that he or she will graduate high school, but it also raises the chance that the youth will commit more crimes later on in life. After all, the youths who commit crimes and get tossed in detention in the first place are undoubtedly different from kids who never get detained. So of course they'd have different outcomes. What we'd really want to know is whether detention itself is actually making things worse?(Plume, B). Some argue that it should be the parents who should take the blame for their teenagers actions. In most cases, the parents are usually the ones telling their children to stay away from the wrong crowd, the kids who they consider bad influences. Nevertheless, there may be alternatives to dealing with misbehaved teenagers. There are programs put in place to help rehabilitate a child while protecting them from the streets. “Programs are available to detained juveniles that will help resolve a great amount of problems often facing them. Because detention has the potential of creating a tremendously negative impact on some juveniles, this programming is crucial”(Ramirez, F). Such as rehabilitating troubled teens, rather than putting them into juvenile detention along with other troubled teens... ... middle of paper ... ...ches." Juvenile Delinquency Current Issues, Best Practices, and Promising Approaches. American Bar Association, n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2014. Cohen, Lawrence E., and James R. Kluegel. "The Detention Decision: A Study of the Impact of Social Characteristics and Legal Factors in Two Metropolitan Juvenile Courts." JSTOR. Oxford University Press, 1 Sep. 2001. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. Phillips, Charles David, and Simon Dinitz. "Labelling and Juvenile Court Dispositions: Official Responses to a Cohort of Violent Juveniles." JSTOR. Labelling and Juvenile Court Dispositions: Official Responses to a Cohort of Violent Juveniles, Apr.-May 2000. Web.05 Mar. 2014. Boehnke, Klaus, and Dagmar Bergs-Winkels. "Juvenile Delinquency Under Conditions of Rapid Social Change." JSTOR. Springer, Mar.-Apr. 2002. Web. 05 Mar. 2014
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