Juvenile Deliquency Essay

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Juvenile Delinquency Programs Falon Belona Professor Addison CRJU 201 Section 2 May 3, 2015 Juvenile Delinquency Programs There are many programs available to help reduce the delinquency of juveniles in the United States. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has a program called “Gang Reduction Program”. This program is designed to reduce gang activity in specific neighborhoods. This is done by including a broad spectrum of research-based interventions to address the range of personal, family, and community factors that eventually lead to juvenile delinquency and gang activity. The program uses all three (local, state, and federal) resources to incorporate state-of-the-art practices in prevention, intervention, and suppression. Cities such as Los Angeles, Milwaukee, North Miami Beach, and Richmond have this program available to them. This program has proven to have a positive effect on crime and gang measures, but not in every city. Los Angeles and Richmond have had more positive reactions to the Gang Reduction Program than any other city. There are also programs for youth that has already been caught up with the law. Michigan State University has a program, Adolescent Diversion Project, for youth that has been arrested. This program turns away arrested youth from formal processing in the juvenile justice system and provides them community-based services. This program is proven to be effective, and has been linked to a major reduction in the rates of official delinquency of participating juveniles as compared to juveniles formally processed in the system. Big Brothers and Big Sisters is probably the one of the most widely known programs for juveniles. This program provides one-to-one mentoring for juveniles. Mentoring is done in a community setting for youth between the ages of six and eighteen. These kids are seen as at-risk youth. The

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