Criminalization Of Juvenile Crime

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“Girls and women who get caught up in the throes of justice system have often been subjected to various forms of discrimination, exploitation, and criminalization starting in early childhood. The girls who are most likely to experience such deprivations and oppressions are those who are poor and from minority groups. With female delinquents, it is often their drug use and sexual behavior that bring them to the attention of juvenile authorities. It can be argued that much of the state’s response is a criminalization of young women’s survival strategies, surviving on the streets” (Belknap, Van Wormer, Bartollas, 2014).

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Two-thirds of mothers incarcerated in state prisons lived with their children prior to their arrest” (Incite National, 2014). The children are then not only exposed to criminal acts, but now they no longer have their mother in their daily life. Without support from their mother children are left to guide themselves through life. Crime affects so many people and affects their chances of a stable household. It is important to understand the deterioration of a family that occurs when a parent or family member is imprisoned. There is a cycle that needs to be addressed in our society as children of imprisoned families should be offered more support groups and counseling to help keep them off the path of committing crimes, using drugs, and acting out in violence. “World peace begins at home” is a term the New Jersey Battered Women Service uses and I think it absolutely begins at home and if more were aware of the impacts a crime can have on families it could help deter future criminal acts.
“For many women leaving prison, the barriers they face are insurmountable, which is reflected in the large number who have subsequent contact with the criminal justice system. Recent cross-state estimates of recidivism show that 58 percent of incarcerated women are rearrested, 38 percent are reconvicted, and 30 percent are returned to prison in the three years following release” (Cobbina

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