Effects Of Reducing Juvenile Delinquency

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Juvenile delinquency is defined as committing offenses or actions by person of the age 18 or younger. Delinquent juveniles mostly only receive conventional criminal prosecutions if the option for their offenses is possible. Virginia has a vested interest in promoting state and local policies that prevent juvenile delinquency (Blanco, Miller, & Peck, 2007). Not only Virginia, but many other states now offer programs to juveniles to give them a second chance. Several studies have suggested that diversion reduces recidivism. Diversion programs were formalized in the 1960s as a result of growing juvenile justice populations and criticism of the system ineffectiveness (Blanco et al., 2007). Such programs were created to improve the behavior of violent juveniles to reduce violence (Blanco et al., 2007). It has often times been said that policies should be aimed at rehabilitating juvenile offenders with the goal of decreasing recidivism rates (Blanco
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The factors which operate to turn a child’s behavior in one direction rather than another may be very obscure, many yet are beyond the detection of expert sociologists, psychologists, physiologist and others (Bridges, 2008). Some studies have shown that there are more than one reason as to why people are more delinquent than others. For example, parental involvement can play a major role. Parental involvement is said to be one of the most influential reasons as to why some teens behave the way they do. Studies have shown that children whose parents are not a positive role model, or are not their support system, tend to be way more violent then someone in a stable household. When dealing with teens whose parents are absent in their life, they are said to be more delinquent than someone who has a really positive relationship with their parents (Decker, 2000). Youth perpetrated violence against a family member has

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