CJS 240 Final - Justice System Position Paper By: Joshua...

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Justice System Position Paper By: Joshua Nyland University of Phoenix 1/15/10
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Since the beginning of the juvenile justice system there has been many different opinions on how it should be done. Of all the different ideas there are two main groups vying for dominance. These two groups are rehabilitation and punishment. Throughout the years the two ideas have gained and lost dominance many times. The gain and loss of power seems to occur with the feeling of the masses. It is public opinion the often makes juvenile policy, If this were not so I think that the juvenile system would more focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment. I do not think that punishment should be done away with completely, but I do think that rehabilitation should be the main focus on juvenile justice. Rehabilitation has many deflations, and is used in many areas of criminal justice. In the juvenile justice, in regards to this paper rehabilitation should be known as a set of programs and different types of therapies. Some of the program objectives are to modify behavior, educate, counseling, build work ethic, and most of all to help the juvenile to reenter society. These programs are used differently depending on the juvenile. There are many reasons that rehabilitation is better than punishment. Least of which is that Rehabilitation is proven to better address the needs of juveniles, and allow them to grow into better more productive members of society. When it comes to rehabilitation being a cost saver the reason are easy to see. The cost of keeping someone in jail is very high. So the less time that someone stays in jail the less money the state has to spend. Rehabilitation also saves the state money because it helps keep juveniles from becoming criminal adults.
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The reason that many feel this way is because through punishment only the crime is being addressed, and with rehabilitation the juvenile is learning how to reframe from committing the crime again. Thus the juvenile will go on as a normal person in society. In the beginning of the juvenile system it was decided to set up a different court for juveniles. The reason for this was to give the court more flexibly with juveniles, and to use rehabilitation in a positive manner. The benefits of rehabilitation extend to that of the delinquent juveniles as well as society. Rehabilitation shows the juvenile how their behavior is wrong, how it impacts society and the people around them. It also shows and teaches the delinquent how to change their behavior, and thus give them the tools to reenter society and be successful. Throughout history public opinion has gone back and forth on the use of rehabilitation.
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2011 for the course CJS 240 taught by Professor All during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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CJS 240 Final - Justice System Position Paper By: Joshua...

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