Essay Cja 374 Week 2 Crime Causation and Diversion

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Crime Causation and Diversion

Juveniles committing crimes, being arrested and going to jails and prisons, is a sad fact that has hit every city, in every state in the United States of America. It is not a hard thing to comprehend, turn on the TV and watch the news. Every night there is surely to be a report about a crime committed by one of America’s youth. Many people question the reason for such high numbers of juveniles committing crimes; others turn a blind eye and refuse to acknowledge the fact that every day more children of this country are slipping into the life of crime. Some concerned members of society ask what can be done to stop it; how can they help? The answer is action! Law enforcement, as well as Local, State, and
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JUMP try’s to recruit mentors from the same racial and ethnic groups as the youth enrolled; mentors are most likely to be white females. Currently more then half of the JUMP mentors are white and 63% of them are females. The children enrolled in JUMP also come from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. In 2000 African-American youths enrolled in JUMP accounted for 51% of all the children enrolled. As you can guess having mostly white mentors can cause issues when assigning mentors to at-risk-youths of other racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Project STAR (Students Taught Awareness and Resistance)
Another program that has been established to help teach children how to be aware and resistant crime is the program called Project STAR (Students Taught Awareness and Resistance). This program teaches at-risk-youth have responsibility for their actions by teaching them right from wrong. STAR originated in the Midwest and is also referred to as the Midwestern Prevention Project (MPP) but has spread over the years through the country. STAR is a comprehensive, community-based drug abuse intervention program which uses school, mass media, parent education, community organization, and healthy policy programming to prevent and reduce the use of controlled substances by adolescents. The goals of STAR are obvious, to prevent childhood substance abuse, and reduce the number of children that fall into a

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