Justice System Position[1]

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Running head: JUSTICE SYSTEM POSITION 1 Justice System Position Dana M. Stratton CJS/240 April 17, 2011 Lydia K. Sam
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JUSTICE SYSTEM POSITION 2 Abstract The purpose of this paper is to assess the juvenile justice system. In recent years, there has been intensive debate about whether the juvenile justice system should focus its limited resources on rehabilitation or punishment to curtail the rising statistics in juvenile delinquency. It is my belief (after much research) that the juvenile justice system should primarily focus on the process of juvenile rehabilitation as opposed to strictly punishment. This paper will include an assessment of law enforcement, court processes, probation corrections, and community services as well as the intervention programs currently available to increase the incidents of juvenile delinquency. In this paper the subject to examine is both sides of the spectrum and try to show that the process of rehabilitation, rather than just straight punishment will provide a more effective solution to the problem of juvenile delinquency. I will be examining some of the arguments that oppose the views of rehabilitation over punishment and attempt to prove that the arguments for punishment are not as valid as those for rehabilitation. This paper will also provide evidence to support the claims that rehabilitation is a more effective way to resolve some of the issues which that are apparent in the juvenile justice system.
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JUSTICE SYSTEM POSITION 3 Juveniles that complete rehabilitation instead of being punished for their crimes are less likely to commit new offenses, and this leaves the officers in law enforcement more time to focus on current offenders, rather than having dealing with the juveniles’ offenders repeatedly. Rehabilitation for juveniles also has its benefits where the court processes are concerned as the court system is already overburdened with cases and by having a juvenile successfully complete a rehabilitation process, this could significantly decrease the case load in the of the court systems. Rehabilitation is defined as “To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education, to restore to good condition, operation, or capacity, to reinstate the good name of, to restore the former rank, privileges, or rights of”. (Retrieved April 3, 2011 from http://www.thefreedictionary.com). Throughout the years, there has been much controversy on the juvenile justice system and whether or not the focus to help alleviate or lessen the problem of juvenile delinquency should focus on rehabilitation or punishment. It is my belief that the juvenile justice system should focus on a combination of both punishment and rehabilitation as a means of dealing with juvenile delinquency. However, I feel very strongly that in choosing the most effective means that the primary focus should be based primarily on rehabilitation. The origination of the juvenile justice system came about so that children and teens that
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2011 for the course CJS 240 taught by Professor All during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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