This theory clearly rules out the effect of inherited or innate factors, and the last is the cognitive theory, which is based on how the perception of an individual is manifested into affecting his or her potential and capability to commit a crime. (Psychological theories of crime) Relating these theories to the case under study, it’s clear that the behaviour can be traced most times to faulty relationships in the family during the first years of
United States: Greenhaven Publishing. The book provides various opposing viewpoints regarding the cause of juvenile crime and how the criminal justice system should treat juvenile offenders. Each argument highlights the main risk factors for juvenile crime. For example, gang plays a large part of juvenile violence.
Juvenile crimes are essentially crimes committed by adolescents. Some examples of juvenile crimes include homicides, robberies, and drug use. While these crimes are basically the same crimes that adults commit, the difference is that they are committed by adolescents and the motivation behind these crimes. The motives for which a crime may have been committed are stronger in adolescents such as stress, jealousy, impulse, or simply an attempt to seek attention. These things are important factors in differentiation between juvenile and adult crimes.
My mother is a great source of inspiration for me. Being raised in a one parent household in addition to being a minority in this country has always plagued me with limited resources but I’ve never allowed it to be a deterrent. The under privilege I’ve experienced
I will help motivate my peers to take on more community and school service projects. I am not afraid to break out of my comfort zone to benefit those around me. The past two years I have worked to come out of my comfort zone and try new things. This lead me to many clubs and extracurricular activities that I know enjoy.
I have always had a passion for children, particularly children who have experienced trauma. I am fascinated with psychology and how the brain develops and organizes information. I enjoy the process of solving life questions. This ultimately lead me to pursue a career in psychology. When I think of children who have experienced trauma, I am automatically drawn to the Juvenile Justice System. This lead me to pursue a second degree in criminal justice. Statistics show over 1 million children enter the juvenile justice system each year. The systems goal is to react to juveniles in ways that protect the community, hold the offenders accountable, and enhance their ability to live productively and responsibly within the community. After receiving
My mother, comparatively, did much better than my father in school. One of the reason’s she was a better student was because she had a lot of support from her friends. The friends that she hung out with were also family friends because my mother’s and their families enjoyed spending time together and were socially similarly structured. Her and her family lived in the same city since my mother was born, so she grew up with the same friends and attended the same school for years.
Weak family ties, single parent households, multiple transitions within a family, and poverty/financial stress are all potential influences for youths to join a gang (Howell & Egley, 2005). Family risk factors can also include parents refusing to give their children the proper education or lack of discipline at home (Howell & Egley, 2005). Family members that are in gangs can also influence their children to join a gang themselves (Herrenkohl et al. 2010; Lahey et al. 1999). Risk Factors Related to School. Thornberry et al.
Being a volunteer with the Independence Youth Court has allowed me to grow as a person and find a path in life that I plan to make a career. Youth Court is a diversion court system in my city where juveniles who have committed misdemeanor offenses can go for arraignment and trial amongst a court made up of their peers. Through my experience being a volunteer attorney and judge, I have been given the chance to practice speaking in a courtroom. This rare opportunity gave me a skill that I will value down the line as I begin my career as a lawyer. Further, this opportunity has allowed me to practice public speaking which will follow me far beyond the confines of the Independence Youth Court. The confidence in speaking in a courtroom that I have gained from volunteering has given me a new outlook on my future. Before volunteering, I never would have thought my dream would be to become an attorney and argue in front of a court. However, the Independence Youth Court has inspired me to go to law school and follow this dream that I once thought was impossible. I truly have a passion for the judicial system and the Independence Youth Court has guided me through the discovery of this passion and through finding the confidence to know it is possible.
One reason is their inexperience and youth. A lot of times being young and having a lack of experience can lead teenagers into dangerous and often criminal situations, such as joining gangs, taking or dealing drugs and drinking. A teen 's discretion isn 't as fully developed as that of an adult. Also, many teenagers lack positive role models in their lives. If a teenager is part of a family that is either setting a bad example (by engaging in criminal activity themselves) or entirely absent, they have no one to show them the correct path in life.
Understanding the risk and protective factors of child delinquency is imperative in order to create and implement treatment and intervention programs. Because children’s behavior develops during the first five years, it is important to know what risk and protective factors could increase the likelihood of a child becoming a child offender (Wasserman et al., 2003). Moreover, overcoming the risk factors would help prevent the child offender from becoming a juvenile, and later, adult offender. As Wasserman et al (2003) stated, “risk factors for child delinquency operate in several domains: the individual child, the child’s family, the child’s peer group, the child’s school, the child’s neighborhood, and the media” (pg.1). As one can see, children are exposed to risk in partially every aspect of their lives.