Modification Of The Juvenile Justice System And The Affect On The Future Of Our Youth

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Modification in the Juvenile Justice System and the Affect on the Future of our Youth
Michelle Fleeton
Auburn University at Montgomery

Abstract
The Juvenile Justice System (JJS) has transformed tremendously over the last 300 years. From adolescents and adults being charged with the same brutality, to the introduction of rehabilitation and diversion programs. As time went on and new political policies were brought forward in the courts, the crime rates fluctuated until the late 1900s and with policies like the Gun Free School Act (GFSA) the number o incarcerated delinquents skyrocketed. Though the conditions of juveniles that are incarcerated have somewhat improved with Positive Youth Development (PYD), there is still a large amount of discrimination in the JJS today. The system is failing to ensure that all youth with disabilities, mental issues, lower class and minorities are provided with the resources needed to live a productive and crime-free life outside of jail. Juveniles are the future of our country and it is imperative that they receive the proper education needed to become effective adults in our society. The JJS needs to be restructured to more effectively lower the chances of recidivism and advocate higher education programs for our youth. In order to accomplish this, there has to be complete reformation of PYD and restorative justice. Keywords: delinquent, court, restorative, punishment, juvenile justice, law, criminal, development, rehabilitation.…
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