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Juvenile justice theories

Use examples from real life, experiences, research, and other supporting data, answer the following questions:

Which theory or theories of juvenile delinquency best explain the current and emerging trends in juvenile justice? Why?
Should juveniles be treated as adults by the police, courts, or correctional systems? Why or why not?
Can rehabilitative and punitive philosophies be balanced while administering justice to juvenile offenders? How?
Do you think alternative dispositions are adequate to address violent juvenile offenses? Why? How do these dispositions compare with traditional responses to violent juvenile offenses?
What should be the focus of any policy reforms in the juvenile justice system? Why?

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Remember these are my opinions and you should adjust the information provided to suit your ideas and knowledge, along with your opinions.

Which theory or theories of juvenile delinquency best explain the current and emerging trends in juvenile justice? Why?
I think most of the problem is the burden of society, and the theories of biosocial, social disorganization, and social learning all play a part in the current trends we see from youth. Society works hard at this point to reward the wealthy and disproportionately punishes the less privileged including middle and lower/working classes. This is shown clearly in data provided by the OJJDP, which finds that racial and ethnic youth are more harshly punished and punished more often than those who are white and especially white and wealthy.
At all levels of society, there are people who are offenders and youth learn through association with those criminals. We incarcerate children in adult prisons and then expect them to become positive individuals when they are released. The potential to commit crime is elevated at this point in our society by the role models who are not attending to their roles as parents and teaching children, supervising them, and providing them with opportunities to commit crimes. Society is more involved at this point with self-gratification and instant gratification rather than creating and promoting strong moral behavior. Children learn these behaviors and when the adult population is more interested in their own needs as opposed to those of its children, the potential is ...

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This solution answers questions regarding juvenile justice theories using examples from real life, experiences, research and other supporting data.