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Juveniles and Social Justice Essay

  • Submitted by: LindaCopen1
  • on May 25, 2014
  • Category: Psychology
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Juveniles and Social Justice
Linda Buch
Ashford University
CRJ 422
Instructor J. Kerr
March 3, 2014

Juveniles and Social Justice

Drug use has been a major concern in American society for as long as our country has existed and is thought to be what has led to the many unfolding issues of the now overcrowded prison population in America. In 1980, there were β€œ41,000 people in jails and prisons for drug offences, but by 2012 the number had risen to 507,000” (Federal Bureau of Prisons, 2013). Why the rise in prison population? President Richard Nixon's declaration of a "war on drugs", a war that thus far has cost roughly a trillion dollars and has engendered little to no effect on the supply of or demand for drugs in the Cumulated States, has contributed most in making America the world's most sizably voluminous incarcerator. The young were caught in the cross fire between the drug cartel and the police force as they were the best candidates for use and distribution. But does that make them criminals or victims? The founding principles of the juvenile justice system in the United States was created for the protection of children, but these principals have been steadily dismantling and the system has failed in its responsibility to protect juveniles and preserve their constitutional rights.  
Even though the juvenile justice system was put into place for the safety of children, rather than protecting them, the β€œwar on drugs,” has resulted in the institutionalized and criminalization of young people. While more and more young men and women are being ushered into the criminal justice system under the guise of fighting drugs, the prison population continues to rise. At the heart of the rise in prison population is drugs. Those who were arrested under the strict laws of the 1980s-1990s still remain in prisons across the country. They are now adults who have become institutionalized and will never again be a part of society. Tax payers pay to house these...

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