The Pros And Cons Of Kids Behind Bars

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Juvenile Justice has undergone countless ways to try and prevent adolescents from committing another crime after released so that they do not end up in a juvenile facility again. It has become a controversy across the world debating what the best solution to this would be. The article, Kids Behind Bars, introduced a new way to avoid this happening to the children committing crimes. The article explains how a small town in Chicago, Illinois thought of the idea that, “As soon as a young person arrives at a youth center, an aftercare specialist will begin to work with him or her, assessing any needs, like mental health issues. They may also have to develop a plan for their release (ASK ABOUT CITATION-No Author).” By following this practice, it …show more content…
Many juveniles who end up back in jail do not commit new crimes. Rather, they are being placed back in jail because they are found guilty of technical violations of parole. Technical violations include: skipping school, staying out past curfew, lack of employment, or failing to report for a scheduled office visit. These are all violations of the parole, but should the juvenile really be sent back to jail because of them? Having a mentor helps the juveniles stay on top of these regulations as well as make sure that the juveniles are being treated as children. “The juvenile justice system is based on the premise that adolescents have needs and capacities different from adults’. Adolescents are still developing mentally, physically, and emotionally, and they are forming their identities. As a result, juveniles who break the law should be treated differently than adults who do (CITATION).” This is a common problem in today’s society. Juveniles are expected to act as if they are adults when in reality, they are not fully developed mentally or physically. Technical violations occur because the juvenile is too immature to understand how serious the circumstance is. With a mentor by their side, the mentor explains the seriousness to the juvenile so that they can realize the effects their decisions have on

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