Incarcerated Youth Essay

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This journal will address my group topic of incarcerated youth or juvenile delinquents. Although, the research has just began there are some interesting facts that this journal will discuss. As we progress, this journal topic will discuss other social problems pertaining to the incarceration of African American youth and other minorities and what are the factors that contribute to youth committing crimes. Incarcerated youths are a growing problem in the United States, especially African Americans. According to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) the number of incarcerated person have quadrupled since 2008 from 500,000 to 2.3 million (NAACP, 2016). However, African American men are constitute to occupying …show more content…
Therefore, I understand how some youth don’t have a friend to be the voice of reason to encourage them not to commit crimes. As a future social worker, it will be my responsibility to reach out to those at risk in hopes to prevent incarceration. Although, I have never been incarcerated, I was able to check my own personal biases that I had towards individuals who have served jail sentences. I was able to realize that good people can make mistakes and end up in jail no matter what age you …show more content…
I think that this is primarily because some African Americans and minorities may not be able to obtain a lawyer to represent them and point out the positive aspect they have accomplished. Also, I feel that juvenile with a history of troublesome behaviors are more likely to receive more jail time because when standing in court and their record is being review the judge may not be in elated with the results and their sentencing can be based on the judge mood. However, I will continue to research this topic to gain more knowledge about this

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