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JUSTICE SYSTEM POSITION 1 Justice System Position In the past, the focus has gone from rehabilitation to punishment and back again. This war seems to occur based on the community’s response to juvenile delinquents rather than on how well either one of these strategies will actually work. Rehabilitation should be the primary focus of the juvenile justice system; however, punishment shall not be overlook all together. There has been a much need debate over whether are not punishment or rehabilitation should be the prime focus of the juvenile justice system. In this paper I will try and explore many reasons why rehabilitation should be the main focus of the juvenile justice system. At the end of this paper I would like for to think about the reason that I’m going to give you and I want you to decide what is better for the our youth. Purpose of this paper is to inform the community about rehabilitation and how everyone can help. It will be defined as programs and therapies that will allow any juvenile delinquent to re-enter the society as a contributing member to their community. Some examples of such programs are: behavior modification therapies, education, work programs, and counseling. Each of these programs is aiming to correct an area that needs improvement in. Some programs are design to help out the youth before they go down that path of crime. The juvenile justice system should focus on rehabilitation; because it can reduce time spent being incarcerated. It can also address more needs that delinquents are crying out for so they can become more productive member in society. The article in Juvenile Justice states “that we should encourage more rehabilitation.” It also states that focusing on punishment rather than rehabilitation is “leading to more repeat offenders, and ultimately depriving both society, and the offenders themselves of their full potential.” (The League of Young Voters, 2009) Reasoning behind this is that offenders
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JUSTICE SYSTEM POSITION 2 are being punished for their delinquent acts, but are not necessary learning how to re-enter society as a productive member. As Mellen states that the “Juvenile courts were designed to be flexible, informal, and to rehabilitate.” (Mellen, 2008) Rehabilitation is there to offer offenders a chance to learn about their behavior, how it impacts society, and what they can do to change that behavior. This way, upon completing rehabilitation these juvenile offenders can re-enter society as a productive member. When they re-enter society they know that they can be successful and contributing members of society. Without rehabilitation many offenders will go into adulthood doing the same delinquent behavior as
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This note was uploaded on 08/14/2011 for the course CRIMINAL J cis taught by Professor Akmid during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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