Juvenile Offenders And Juvenile Delinquency Essay

2252 Words Nov 17th, 2014 10 Pages
Many research studies have been done on the effectiveness of Scared Straight and other programs that involve organized visits to prison facilities by juvenile delinquents or at-risk kids. The literature reviewed covers a wide range of studies that focus on the effectiveness of the program as well as alternative treatment methods that are believed to have more of an effect on recidivism rates compared to the jail visits. The review begins with systematic review of the randomized experimental evidence found about scared straight and other juvenile awareness programs for preventing juvenile delinquency. Next, theorist and policy makers review the creditability of the current correctional system and questions if the facilities are still clinically relevant. Then the studies focus on delinquents with diagnosed mental illnesses or who are classified as violent, which are the majority of juvenile offenders, and discusses the best treatment for these individuals. Finally, a new method of treatment, the multisystem therapy is discussed and compared across various variables to pinpoint the most effective treatment for juvenile delinquents. Although the literature presents these studies in a variety of contexts, this paper will primarily focus on the effectiveness of awareness programs like Scared Straight and new, innovative treatment methods. First we will review the effectiveness of the show Scared Straight and how the public views the show as an effective form of treatment…

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