Juvenile Justice: Understanding Juveniles and the Probation Process

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Juvenile Justice: Understanding Juvenile’s and the Probation Process When we are young and learning the rules of life, it can be difficult for some to conform to the rules that are put in front of them. For some, following the rules of the family as well as the law comes naturally and is easily done. Others struggle with the boundaries put in place and break not only the family and household rules, but legal rules as well. These individuals end up in the justice system and often continue to spend the rest of their life in and out of correctional treatment programs and facilities in an effort to learn what is necessary to follow the rules set for society. Most adults that commit crimes began their life of crime when they were young. In order to combat this trend and assist the juvenile population in obeying the law and making the right choices in life, it is important to understand why they break the law, the effectiveness of the probation office, and the success of rehabilitation into society as law abiding citizens. The life of crime that a juvenile engages in often begins when they are young. Observing criminal acts as children and seeing their role models continue these illegal acts with no consequences or little regard to the results of breaking the law encourages this young population to pursue the lifestyle as well. Along with the lifestyle up bring that a juvenile is surrounded by, the neighborhood and the company they keep can lead them down the path of destruction. “Conformity to peer group behavior and pressure may promote deviance. This is particularly likely among young people, where peer pressure may encourage them to adopt forms of deviant behavior (such as truancy and underage drinking) (Explanations for Patterns of Crime, n.d., p. 2). Because of the peer pressure that most teenagers face, committing these acts is a way to gain social

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