Social Problems in Juvenile Delinquency

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Social problems in Juvenile Delinquency Aaron Wilson MSU-COT Spring 2013 1. What is your social problem? My social problem is juvenile delinquents in society. This issue has been captivating people forever, and has been researched and studied numerous times. I feel that it is a very big matter, because the rise of juvenile delinquency has drastically risen over the last 10 years. 2. Why is it a problem? Juvenile delinquency is a problem because it has a negative effect and can cause someone to be negatively viewed and labeled. Being labeled as a juvenile delinquent increases the potential for an individual to re-offend because that is what is known and most comfortable. (Bernburg, Krohn & Rivera, 2007). Social control theory provides a good explanation for initial acts of delinquency. Due to weakened social control, a juvenile delinquent has the opportunity to associate with delinquent peers and commit delinquent acts. (Teevan & Drybuegh, 2000). It is a problem because one can never get settled and start doing things right. It’s true that once someone is labeled as a criminal deviant at a young age, it is next to impossible to get that label removed, and because it is difficult to redirect negative actions due to past behavioral conditioning, this type of labeling may inspire a child to act out with drug use and violence towards peers and authority 3. What other social problems are related to this problem? Social problems connected to delinquency often start at the home, and in many cases can be caused from the lack of parental guidance. Children of divorced families, poverty, parental alcoholism, are at the greatest risk to fall into delinquency. Incarcerated individuals are not playing a productive role in society. My experiences in the justice system show that it doesn’t rehabilitate someone unless they have a strong desire

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