Application: Risk Factors of Juvenile Crimes and Rehabilitation

Throughout the years, there has been ongoing debate in the popular press and the general public related to reasons juveniles to engage in crime. Engaging in violent crimes may have short- and long-term effects on the social, emotional, educational, and career prospects of juveniles. In an effort to mitigate these effects, many rehabilitative services have been developed to help juvenile offenders, some of which are more effective than others. 

For this Assignment, think about risk factors and influences on juvenile engagement in crime. Consider the effectiveness of rehabilitation services for juveniles who engage in violent crimes.

The Assignment (2–3 pages):

Explain three reasons juveniles may engage in violent crimes.
Explain possible short-term effects on juvenile offenders who engage in violent crimes.
Explain possible long-term effects on juvenile offenders who engage in violent crimes.
Describe two rehabilitative services provided by the juvenile justice system.

Explain whether or not each of these rehabilitative services is effective. Justify your response with references to the literature and the Learning Resources.

Two or three pages with at least three references….

It is important that you cover all the topics identified in the assignment. Covering the topic does not mean mentioning the topic BUT presenting an explanation from the readings.

To get maximum points you need to follow the requirements listed for this assignments 1) look at the page limits 2) review and follow APA rules 3) create SUBHEADINGS to identify the key sections you are presenting and 4) Free from typographical and sentence construction errors.


Course Text: Investigating Difference: Human and Cultural Relations in Criminal Justice

Chapter 14, “Youth Crime and Justice in a Changing Society”

Article: Culhane, S., & Taussig, H. N. (2009). The structure of problem behavior in a sample of maltreated youths. Social Work Research, 33(2), 70–78.    
Article: Jordan, K. L., & Myers, D. L. (2011). Juvenile transfer and deterrence: Reexamining the effectiveness of a “get-tough” policy. Crime & Delinquency, 57(2), 247–270.    
Article: Lipsey, M. W. (2009). The primary factors that characterize effective interventions with juvenile offenders: A meta-analytic overview. Victims & Offenders, 4(2), 124–147.    
Article: Pearl, N., Ashcraft, R. P., & Geis, K. A. (2009). Predicting juvenile recidivism using the San Diego regional resiliency check-up. Federal Probation, 73(3), 46–49.    
Article: Piquero, A. R., Cullen, F. T., Unnever, J. D., Piquero, N. L., & Gordon, J. A. (2010). Never too late: Public optimism about juvenile rehabilitation. Punishment & Society, 12(2), 187–207.    
Article: Ward, C. L., Martin, E. E., & Distiller, G. B. (2007). Factors affecting resilience in children exposed to violence. South African Journal of Psychology, 37(1), 165–187.    

Article: Reese, L. E., Vera, E. M., Simon, T. R., & Ikeda, R. M. (2000). The role of families and care givers as risk and protective factors in preventing youth violence. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 3(1), 61–77.
Article: Salekin, R. T., Rogers, R., & Ustad, K. L. (2001). Juvenile waiver to adult courts: Prototypes for dangerousness, sophistication–maturity, and amenability to treatment. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 7(2), 381–408.
Article: Wikstrom, P. H., & Loeber, R. (2000). Do disadvantaged neighborhoods cause well-adjusted children to become adolescent delinquents? A study of male juvenile serious offending, individual risk and protective factors, and neighborhood context. Criminology, 38, 1109–1142.

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