Pros And Cons Of Incarceration For Juveniles

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Q’orianka Kilcher, an actress, once stated, “I think it's important for us as a society to remember that the youth within juvenile justice systems are, most of the time, youths who simply haven't had the right mentors and supporters around them—because of circumstances beyond their control” (Huffington Post). Juvenile delinquency is a problem that reaches all social classes in the United States. In order to lower juvenile delinquency, one has to understand the consequences of incarceration for juveniles, and be informed about the alternatives to incarceration. In order to discuss the alternatives to incarceration for juveniles, one must understand why there is a need for the alternatives. Detention centers were originally intended to hold …show more content…
The homes are set up like a boarding school, and are only for boys. The boys are taught the skills they will need to survive as a middle class person. According to the Children’s Guild website, “The idea is for them to become aware of how to achieve success in a business class culture” (Children’s). These group homes as well as most of the group homes available to juveniles are meant to rehabilitate the juvenile, and prepare them to enter back into the public.
Success rates of group homes have varied in the studies that have been done. Some studies suggest that the group homes do have a positive effect, but only while the juveniles are in the home (Development, 2). However, other studies have different results. According to the article “Alternatives to the Secure Detention and Confinement of Juvenile Offenders,” “Teaching family homes produced an approximately 30-35 percent reduction in recidivism rates (juveniles not receiving treatment had a recidivism rate of 50 percent)” (Austin, 20). This statistic shows that group homes can have a positive impact on the
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According to the book “Juvenile Delinquency Causes and Control,” “The juveniles are usually part of a small group; they learn to work together, follow directions, and overcome challenges that are designed to increase their coping skills and self-esteem” (Agnew, 394). Learning to work in small groups helps the juvenile to better interact with people when they are back in society.
Although forestry camps can differ in many aspects, most have a few key components. According to the Wilderness Camps article, “Key program components common in wilderness camps include therapeutic camping, rock climbing, wagon train trips, overnight solo experiences, alternative schools, individual and group therapy sessions, and family counseling” (1). These key components are essential to the success of the forestry camp. Without these certain components, the camp would not be as successful when compared to other camps with the

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