Delinquency Family Dynamics

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Family Dynamics of Delinquency Angela James-Flemister Liberty University Table of Contents Table of Contents 2 Abstract 3 Method 4 Results 4 Discussion 4 References 5 Abstract The Juvenile Justice System in the United States is based on the philosophy that the special status of children requires that they be protected and corrected, not necessarily punished. (Inciardi, Criminal Justice, pg 554). Given this special status, juveniles come to the courts as juvenile delinquents who have in some way violated the laws and/or acted out in such a way that is behaviorally unacceptable as a child. The juveniles are introduced to the system by way of parens patriae, parental neglect, abuse and abandonment will be the…show more content…
I will attempt to bring to light the affects the family composition contributes a pertaining to the delinquency of minors If one variable were the most impact on juvenile delinquency it would be the impact of the family. In order to understand the affect the family has on juvenile delinquency w must first identify nucleus of “family” and then build from there. The “family” has the power to be positive or to be negative. Without doubt, the family is the most influential element in the development of a child. If anything would play a large part in delinquency it would be the foundation of his family unit good, bad…show more content…
Sadly , more so than not, the core of the family nuclear unit can be tainted. If a child is exposed to this type of dysfunction, they have no other family foundation to model his or her life’s choices and decisions against. When the rode less traveled by is chosen then the child/juvenile meets up with law enforcement within that path. The police come in contact with these children on a number of levels. Generally, the police do not follow the protocol of the juvenile justice system unless it becomes necessary to actually process a juvenile. To saddle the police with yet another set of processes for juveniles would be less than productive as the patrol have so much more work to address. By the same token however we have community policing which does incorporate a level of juvenile justice. Law enforcement agencies implement several strategies when it comes to responding to and preventing crimes. One of the most recent of those many strategies is the community policing philosophy. The United States Department of Justice defines the idea of the community policing philosophy on their website as, “Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime”(cops.usdoj.gov). With the
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