Delinquency Deterrence Paper

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Delinquency Deterrence Jada Schmal CJS/240 January 16, 2015 Kimberly Gaudiosi Delinquency Deterrence There are many factors that can lead teenagers to act out in the wrong way. Specific deterrence, general deterrence, and situational crime prevention are three ways that would help the juvenile change for the better. Choosing the best one can be difficult depending on the juvenile, and the crime committed. There are many things that will lead teens to act in the wrong way. Several teenagers choose to criminal acts because of peer pressure, the lifestyle which grown up in, being around gangs, guardians who lack the responsible duties, etc. Not all threats will deter juveniles from committing crimes again. If one decides a rational choice or a…show more content…
Many people believe unlawful acts will effect in harsh restrictions; then many will not choose to commit the crime. If juveniles thought the result of the behavior will end up in severe punishment then maybe a crime will be prevented. If the crime is so severe then little deterrence will effect if people believe many will not be caught. (Siegel & Walsh, 2005). For example, if a parent would take the minor to the police and fire department for intentionally lighting fires in the house. The child may do this for many reasons and may not realize the dangers. If the parent has talked with the juvenile and is still doing it, go to the next step. Specific deterrence sends condemned offenders to protected custody so that punishment is harsh enough to persuade juveniles not to repeat the criminal acts. (Siegel & Walsh, 2005). There is not sufficient evidence to determine if a punishment alone will deter future delinquency. An example of specific deterrence is when an offender has been arrested for committing a crime and now the young juvenile will not commit the act again because of the severe
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