Delinquency In The Juvenile Justice System

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Much of my time at the Charleston County Public Defender’s Office has been spent with the Family Court lawyers, who work with juveniles. Family Court, unlike General Sessions court for adults, is supposed to be rehabilitative rather than punitive. It attempts to match juveniles and their families with services provided by the state of South Carolina like substance abuse counseling, positive peer groups and Department of Mental Health counselling. The goal is getting these young students back in school and keep them from ending up in General Sessions as an adult. However, this is not always the case. Often, juvenile clients are back in detention quickly after being released and without getting a chance to use these services. This paper will address the issue of juvenile rehabilitation and how the system tries to prevent …show more content…
Comprehensive strategies address the issue of juvenile delinquency on two fronts: first, it funds programs targeting at-risk youth and attempts to prevent their offense. Second, it offers juvenile delinquents in need of services access to many different programs and uses a series of sanctions in order to deter recidivism (Lipsey et al 2010). These plans manage to manage the goals of recidivism with careful punitive consequences some victims will desire. These plans also note the importance of keeping juveniles in the juvenile justice system until they age out, instead of moving certain offenders up into the General Sessions system (Lipsey et al 2010). Allowing juveniles to receive the care they need due to their age reflects their developing brain (Abrams 2013). Higher functions, including the ones which control “reasoning, impulse control, and the ability to resist peer pressure” continue to develop past the age of sixteen (Abrams 2013). Giving these young offenders a chance to prove that they are growing and developing as an individual who will not repeat their previous

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