Juvenile Delinquency Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… Consider the following:

1. Are juvenile offenders usually found among children from broken homes or large unhappy poor families? 2. Is being unemployed anlmportant enough reason to push somebody onto the path of crime? 3. What would you say about disillusionment, loss of faith in the surrounding grown-up world as a possible reason for juvenile delinquency? 4. Speak on the vital role of drug addiction and alcohol consumption in the growing crime rate in general and in juvenile delinquency in particular.

5. Below is an interview with a judge on crime and punishment. The judge says why he gives help in some cases and punishment in others.

a) Work in groups of 3 or 4 and assign different opinions on the problem of the punishment to each member of the group:

Interviewer. Are there ever times when you just feel desperate, you know, you realize there's absolutely nothing that can be done for this person?
Judge: Oh, yes, very often.
Interviewer. And what do you do in such cases?
Judge: Well, it depends how anti-social their action has been. If a person needs help one wants to give it to him or her, but on the other hand you always have to consider at the same time: the effect on society in general of too much kindness to too many
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I ought to have known that a vulgar, selfish, conceited man couldn't make a girl happy who was brought up in a refined family. You're too common, too ordinary, to know when you're lucky. You get a charming, aristocratic wife and expect her to grub along like a washerwoman. You try to crush all the life and spirit out of her. You ought to have married an icebox — that's the only thing in this house you're really attentive to. Gordon: Now listen — Laura (will not be checked): Talk about being spoiled — why, your mother babies you so, you think you're the only man on earth. (Sarcastically) Her poor, overworked boy, who tries so hard and gets all fagged out in the office and struggles so nobly to support his family! I wonder how you'd like to run this house and bear a child and take care of it and cook a big dinner and be sneered at and never a word of praise. All you can think of is picking over the garbage pail and finding fault — Gordon (like a fool): I didn't find fault! I found some good food being wasted. Laura: All right, if you love the garbage pail better than you do your wife, you can live with it. (Flings her dish towel on the floor and exits into

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