Juvenile Rehabilitation Is An Art And Not A Science Essay

1165 Words Jun 13th, 2016 5 Pages
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, rates are still too high.
The problem of whether to rehabilitate or punish youthful offenders has plagued our society since modern times. Juvenile rehabilitation is an art and not a science. According to justice police institute, approximately 93,000 young people are held in juvenile justice facilities across the United States. Seventy percent of these youth are held in state-funded, post adjudication, residential facilities, at an average cost of 240.99 dollars per day per youth. The conflict between rehabilitation and retribution in the juvenile justice system is not something new to this decade. (Justice Policy Institute)
What works for one kid may not work for another. According to research and articles, if you reach youths…

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