Strain Theory: Juvenile Delinquency And Crime

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Juvenile delinquency is criminal behavior committed by minors. (Siegal, 1981) When looking deeper into the deviant behaviors of juveniles there are fundamental perspectives that correlate the juvenile delinquency. Three main theories that are being focused on are strain theory, control theory, and cultural deviance theories. Strain theory which is also known as motivational theory describes desires that a juvenile have such as committing crimes. According to what society’s norm is these juveniles are forced to conform which causes them to pursue violence. The control theory which is known as the bond theory states that people are free to commit crimes because their tie to what exactly is the norm has been broken. The last theory that applies to juvenile delinquents is the cultural deviance theory which discussed that juveniles conform to a set of standards that are not accepted by …show more content…
The juvenile justice system are more likely to keep minorities in detention pending their trial as with white youths they would receive more lenient sentences or even have their cases dismissed. This system trickles into adulthood for juvenile offenders which eventually they begin to build a criminal record. The view of race in the juvenile justice system who is arrested is the result of race based decisions and not their involvement in crimes. This role racism plays in the system in still a part of the African American everyday life. There is some evidence that show racial bias in the justice system but between the correspondences between gathered data, it concludes that there is a disproportionate rate of crimes which results it actually crimes rates and not the racial bias of the justice system. When it comes to age it is generally seen as related to criminality. The fueling need for money and sex is reinforced by the adolescent culture whose rules defy

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