Juvenile Delinquency and the Criminal Justice System

1423 WordsFeb 19, 20186 Pages
There are so many issues facing our society today, especially in the criminal justice system. Within the criminal justice system, juvenile delinquency is an issue that I find the most overlooked and it is a problem that is growing, particularly in the poorer areas. The term juvenile delinquency refers to the antisocial or criminal activity under the age of 18 which violates the law. Everyone is affected by juvenile crime, parents, teachers, families and neighbors. It is essential that programs are implemented to help with juvenile delinquents. Although delinquency rates have decreased dramatically, the effect of delinquency still affects the victims of crime, the perpetrators and even the bystanders. There are many interventions that attempt to lower the rate of juvenile delinquency; some are successful while others are waste of resources. Juvenile delinquency has two main risk factors; parenting style as the number one and peer group as the second. While many programs exist to help delinquents, those that start after the occurrence of the behavior tend to be less effective. While the programs that intervene prior to the occurrence of the deviant behavior often end up more effective. The programs that intervene before the onset of the deviant behavior are known as prevention programs. Parenting style plays a huge part on determining a child’s future in delinquent behaviors. For instance, permissive parenting leads contain neglecting child’s activities and also lack of
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