Persuasive Essay On Juvenile Delinquency

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Humanity is proud of the many achievements and knowledge it has procured. We have managed to make countless discoveries and achieved many scientific breakthroughs. Many pieces of information are undisputable and there is a global agreement that they are true such as the statement that the planet is round. There are other times when there is a large scale argument whether something is true or not, whether something should be handled one way or another. There was a time where many argued that the planet was flat and others said it was round. Regardless of who is right, there will always be topics that are very controversial. One such topic we face in the present is that of juvenile delinquency and how we should treat these juveniles once they …show more content…
When does a juvenile become delinquent? Any individual under the age of 18 who commits a crime becomes a juvenile delinquent. Their actions stray from what society deems acceptable in an act of deviance (Barkan, pg 5). People under the age of 18 can also enter the criminal justice system (albeit a different one) when they break the law. Usually, the criminal justice system is very forgiving and merciful when it comes to trying juveniles as society understands that juveniles are not capable of the same thought capacities as a fully developed adult. Juveniles have their whole lives ahead of them and even though they might be deviant during this early stage of life, they are still perfectly capable of becoming a model law abiding citizen once they reach …show more content…
In the self-control theory, individuals will develop selfish and impulsive tendencies in their early childhood due to ineffective parenting (Barkan, pg 162). This theory is a very powerful one as effective parenting is a powerful method for crime prevention. In essence, if individuals are taught good values and behaviors in their upbringing they are much less likely to engage in deviant behavior when they grow older. Juveniles will also be more resistant to peer pressures which can usually lead to criminal behavior. If parenting techniques employed by ineffective parents, then juveniles will grow to be self absorbed, impulsive and violent persons who are also more susceptible to peer influences that may lead them towards a pth of

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