Labeling Theory Of Juvenile Justice

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The justice system in the United States is a huge industry. In 2015, there were over 13 million adults arrested. Also in 2015 there were 1 million juveniles arrested. This means that a large part of the justice system focuses on the handling of juveniles. Despite the fact that the rate of juvenile arrests has declined by as much as 65% from 1996 to 2014, the rate is still high. For every thirty three juveniles, one was arrested in 2014. This is a large contrast to 1996, where one in every twelve was arrested (Juvenile Arrest Rates). Even though juveniles only make up a small portion of the cases that enter the justice system each year, they can be very long drawn out cases and be incredibly controversial. Michigan is no exception to this. The legislation regarding waiving of juveniles in the Michigan Court system has been a large focus among elected officials, persons hoping to be elected, and political activist groups. The controversiality of this issue stems from many sources, many citing the issues of child development, the lack …show more content…
This can have a devastating effect on them for the rest of their life. The labeling theory speaks to the lasting effects that labeling a juvenile as a criminal can have (Hirschi). The idea holds that once someone has been labeled as a criminal they are doomed to a life of crime. It is a type of self-fulfilling prophecy, one that states that someone that may not have actually committed the crime is labeled as such and will end up actually committing that crime. This is a large reason why the media is often criticized for publicizing the information of a crime before they have been sentenced. Once someone has been labeled, they often only have opportunities related to what they have been labeled as. Someone that is a convicted sex offender often cannot get jobs in certain fields, live in certain areas, and are put around other offenders like

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