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Juvenile Offenders Critically Evaluated

Critically evaluate the effectiveness of the contemporary responses to juvenile offenses. Assess the effectiveness of alternative treatment programs for juvenile offenders. Identify the key components of a strategy to prevent juvenile delinquency and recidivism. Use references/cite sources.

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Juvenile Recidivism

Juvenile recidivism refers to the propensity for adolescents to continually repeat a crime, even after being punished. Obviously, it is important to determine the various factors that related to this problem. This is best done by looking at the risks to society, what is needed to help alleviate the problem, and the response that broader society should have to the issue of juvenile recidivism.

There are numerous risks to society when considering the problem of juvenile crime. No only should we consider the economic cost, but the problem also relates to the issue of deteriorating communities and shifting morals and values. Americans have been confronted with juvenile crime for decades now, and the news is wrought with incidences of burglaries, thefts, and murders that are committed by teenagers. These violent crimes are in addition to a plethora of other incidents that seem to occur all too often. Sadly, the rate of recidivism is far too high, and many juveniles quickly find themselves in a cycle of crime that, if they do not break it in time, will follow them into adulthood. As a result of these truths, the juvenile justice system has been increasingly concerned with ways to reduce the rate of recidivism and, as a byproduct, offer more ways to increase rehabilitation.

Currently, there is no national recidivism rate in America, because every state is afforded the opportunity to have a different type ...

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The solution discusses critically evaluated the effectiveness of the contemporary responses to juvenile offenses. It also assess the effectiveness of alternative treatment programs for juvenile offenders. The key components of a strategy to prevent juvenile delinquency and recidivism are indicated.

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