Juvenile Delinquency : Adult Delinquency

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Alexis Kelly SOC 333 William Franks Spring 2015 Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Programs What is juvenile delinquency? Juvenile delinquency relates to minors who commit law violations. Instead of adults commiting “crimes’, juveniles are considered to commit “delinquent acts”. Society sees juvenile delinquents as immature and in need of guidance, which is different to adults, who are seen to be responsible for their crimes. Juvenile delinquency can occur in any community, neighborhood, and schools. There are many reasons and theories as to why minors engage in delinquent acts. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the rate for juvenile arrest rate was at all time low in 2012. What may be causing this sudden decline in crime? The question to ask is what effects can prevention programs help in the decrease of juvenile delinqunecy? Although delinquency has started to decline over the years, the rate is still up in numbers. There have been several programs that have attempted to lower crime of juvenile delinquents. Some common types of prevention or rehabiliton programs for juvenile delinquents are: drug treatment, vocational, counseling, and hate crime programs. Each of these programs focuses on different parts of a delinquent’s life and could be beneficial in turning their environments into a positive and crime-free life. The first prevention program to help allievate is drug therapy. Studies have shown that drug use and crime are connected.
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