Juvenile Delinquency Should Be Punished Or Rehabilitated For Their Crimes

1094 WordsApr 24, 20175 Pages
For centuries Earth has had many problems that seek to corrupt the good things that every person strives to have in his or her life. As the twenty-first century is nearing two decades old many have been solved, yet so many remain or are being discovered. Juvenile delinquency is one of the many conflicts that occur in the world. How can it be put to an end? To solve a problem knowledge must first be obtained and data analyzed for conclusions. There are specific traits that juveniles have that help determine the risk of delinquency in a child. These can be caused by a vast number of environmental factors ranging from simple peer pressure to as grave as relying on deviant acts for survival due to parental neglect or abuse. A big problem with…show more content…
Therefore, if the personal traits of a child, such as relationship with family members, are unstable, he or she has a better chance at becoming anti-social or aggressive which have an increased probability of delinquency in the future. Delinquency is not always the result of an unhappy relationship with legal guardians that are responsible for the child’s well-being. Influences of delinquent behavior are also present within the environment [e.g. neighborhood, school, etc.] a child lives in. It is capable of influencing delinquency, but nothing guarantees one-hundred percent that a child will become delinquent. Fabio et al (2011) performed neighborhood-level studies that proved disadvantaged neighborhoods contain a larger generality of violence. Further research led to this conclusion “Boys residing in disadvantaged neighborhoods were more likely to have lower socioeconomic status [SES], poorly educated mothers, unemployed parents, poor housing, and a small house” (Fabio et al, 2011, p. 327). Also, more boys residing in disadvantaged communities had longer participation in violent acts than those in advantaged communities where violence is relatively stable (Fabio et al, 2011, p. 327). Hence, the type of neighborhood a child lives in contributes to the risk factors of him or her becoming a delinquent. One of the main arguments that varies in opinion is whether juvenile delinquents should be punished or rehabilitated for their crimes.
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