Unique Juvenile Situations Faced by Correctional Officers

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RUNNING HEAD: UNIQUE SITUATIONS WHEN DEALING WITH JUVENILES Unique Situations When Dealing With Juveniles Corrections Professor Sunshine Richards Juvenile crime rates have been a main concern for law enforcement officials throughout the past several decades. “Over the past several decades, the number of juvenile arrests have been relatively stable except for increases in juvenile violent crime, as murder arrests for juvenile offenders increased by 93 percent during the 1980s and arrests for aggravated assault increased by 72 percent (Seiter, 2011). With that being said, many questions have been raised as to what is causing these increased crime rates and how are law enforcement personnel handling the situation. This paper…show more content…
If a child is raised around that type of environment then they will feel more pressured or obligated into having to join a gang. Some children from broken homes might join a gang to get the sense of brotherhood and knowing someone else is there to have their back. One of the largest battles in America is against drug problems. Drugs use among teenagers has become very common over the last decade and a leading cause to violent or criminal behavior. One main theory suggests that the increase in juvenile violent crime is due to drug accessibility such as crack cocaine. “Crack cocaine is an extremely addictive drug and can result in violent behavior by those using it” (Seiter, 2011). Many juveniles who get addicted to drugs will often get caught up in criminal behavior such as drug dealing and use of weapons. Eleven different cities reported that there was a 40 percent increase of juvenile males in possession of handguns who were associated in the illegal drug market (Seiter, 2011). As juvenile crime became more and more of an issue over time, authorities had to figure out a way to handle the situation. Because of this, the juvenile justice system was created. “Juvenile justice system is a system to handle juveniles separate from adult offenders, based on the concept of parens partiae, which was used as the basis for giving the court authority to take over

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