Topic Selection And Proposal Essay

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Topic Selection and Proposal Richard L Jones CRJ-105 Professor Malak In the late 70’s, I rode my bike on a school campus with my cousin and some of his friends, his friend went into his class and took some candy, pocket changes, and a few other items. I told my cousin not to take anything, but since we were with them at the time of the theft, my cousin and I were charged with trespassing onto school property after his friends brag about it the Monday morning at school. After I gave my statement, which collaborated with my cousin, we both were not prosecuted, but give a “Big Brother”. This was a program that was suppose deter future run-in with the law by assigning me someone as a role model. In the last fifteen years, juvenile delinquency,…show more content…
The researchers’ results indicated “the [Scared Straight] intervention to be more harmful than doing nothing. The program effect, whether assuming a fixed or random effects model, was nearly identical and negative in direction, regardless of the meta-analytic strategy.” In other words, Scared Straight not only doesn’t work, it may actually be more harmful than doing nothing. (Mears, 2007; Marion & Oliver, 2006). I ask myself if Scared Straight really works with all of the mayhems that’s going on with our youth, or are we just kidding ourselves by having our kids visiting jails, listening to officers preacher a good talk, or better yet, having prisoners get directly into the faces of the youths, yelling, screaming, talking about what they would do to the youth if they ever come into contact with the youth, but those kids know that when they leave there, it’s back to business as usual, doing the same thing that got them into trouble in the first place. Laura Nissen, a writer from Reclaiming Futures, writes about a program that really work for our youths. She writes; Rather than focusing on shaming and terrorizing youth to deter them from future crime, we should invest instead in the variety of treatments, supportive services, and community-based recovery support services that teens in the juvenile justice system need to be successful. (Nissen
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