Incarceration And Recidivism Essay

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For decades there has been a longstanding debate over the effectiveness of correctional institutions. Some argue that incarceration (punishment) deters offenders, while others argue that intervention/rehabilitation deters recidivism. Some studies have shown that being incarcerated causes an individual to continue a lifetime of crime and that intervention would be a best solution. As research and studies have shown, incarceration in the United States has rapidly increased over the last twenty years. Every single person living in the United States today is affected by juvenile crime. It affects parents, neighbors, teachers, and families. It affects the victims of crime, the perpetrators, and the bystanders. While delinquency rates have been decreasing, …show more content…
I had unanswered questions as to whether, incarceration and punishments deters crime and recidivism or does interventions and programs does the trick. Based on research, there seems to be an equally big debate on the issue. Some say incarceration and punishment does the trick, whereas, others think interventions and rehabilitation helps the issue. Articles suggested that intervention very early on without charging crimes can prevent youths from going down a more dangerous path. Some articles suggest that communities, should work with troubled families and youths before they are at the age of middle school, and before they get to high school. Some even suggest that social workers should possible have the same backgrounds and race as the juvenile, in order to help. These are ways that intervention could help these troubled …show more content…
The author concludes that the juvenile justice system must be tough on young offenders and that violent crimes must be punished with appropriate penalties. (P J McNulty)
Today’s juvenile justice system still maintains rehabilitation as its primary goal and distinguishes itself from the criminal justice system in important ways. “With a few exceptions, in most states delinquency is defined as the commission of a criminal act by a child who was under the age of 18 at the time; most states also allow youth to remain under the supervision of the juvenile court until age 21.” (Juvenile Law

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