Juvenile Justice-Course Project Part 2- BWilliams

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Juvenile Justice CRMJ315 Professor Brantley Week 4 Course Project Part 2 Barbara Williams 11/21/2010
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The different sides to the issue of why some juveniles offend and some don’t is more of a look into the studies that show why juveniles offend. The pros and cons come from society’s inability to see the whole picture in the reasons for juveniles who offend. The pros and cons of the misdiagnosis of juveniles with mental problems. Many studies offer that juveniles offend due to their environment. Environmental factors such as poverty, peer pressure, single parent homes, but is this really the case? We can be assured that these circumstances may or may not affect a person’s choice to obey the law however how do you explain those who live in these conditions and choose to not commit a crime? After careful thought and consideration into this research paper, I can personally attest that 2 children in the same home with the same environment and same parenting can take 2 different roads when it comes to criminal activity. We first take a look at the theory of choice. The theory of choice is one that believes that each person no matter what their socio-economic background, no matter what their exposure to or non exposure to crime is, no matter their family structure that the choice to commit a crime is of free will. I am personally finding this paper a bit hard to write due to the fact that I personally feel the theories that have been brought forth that state a juvenile who commits a crime does so as a
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result of the stimuli around him. I disagree with this. Some say this is due to a person’s gender. Okay, I cannot totally refute this fact however with my children being raised in the exact same environment, one choosing a path of destruction and the other a path of success both at early ages. My son was diagnosed with ADHD at age 8. The triggers leading to the diagnoses were his poor performance in school, behavioral concerns and also his impulsivity. Daniel’s behavior was impulsive, his choices erratic. I was a firm believer that medicating him was not a solution. I was determined to control his behavior through parenting and discipline. This was short lived and I
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