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they are not getting attention from their parents or the right people, they tend to look in other places. A lack of parental guidance can cause children to take the wrong path and/or choose negative role models. Neglecting a child can cause them to do irrational things: running away from home, breaking the law, abusing drugs or alcohol, or even getting in dangerous
Juvenile Justice 4relationships. Some choose to join gangs just to feel like they have a family or feel a sense of belonging. When kids don’t feel the love at home or from their parents they tend to look in the wrong places or people. EffectsJuvenile delinquency is a big problem in the United states. “With 2 million juveniles arrested and over 60 000 detained annually, the United States incarcerates a large proportion of youths than any other developed country,”[Bar15]. A lot of people do not realize the effects of juvenile delinquency. It not only affects the troubled youth, but it also affects their parents and families. Being a juvenile delinquent has different consequences. For one, they can lose their freedom and possibly end up in a detention center depending on what they did. Delinquents may even be placed with a probation officer and must check in with their P.O. from time to time. Getting arrested can also encourage future delinquent acts. Besides the Juveniles themselves, their parents also suffer from their actions. Depending on what type of parents or parent that troubled youth has, the parents can either be scared for their child’s safety, but in some cases, they may not care at all. For the parents that somewhat care can feel like they have failed as a parent. “Furthermore, deep down they realize that their child turned out this way due to their failed parenting, a guilt that they have an extremely hard time shaking off. They also have to livewith the fact that their child is a criminal and have to bear the looks given to them by everyone else,”[Eff16]. Siblings of the juvenile delinquents are also likely to be affected by the incarceration of their older brother or sister. Most children do as they see, therefore, if a child sees their older sibling getting locked up, they will more than likely follow in the same footsteps.This is why it is so vital and important for the parents to be involved as much as they can in their children’s life so that they can intervene when needed.
Juvenile Justice 5ResourcesThe Juvenile Justice System has many different programs in place to help troubled youth.The Juvenile system maintains firm values and promotes accountability. This means that they want delinquents to acknowledge what they did was wrong, recognize that they had a choice, andtake action to make better choices in the future. The juvenile system understands it will take timewhen trying to transition from a negative lifestyle to a healthy one. So that is why they have different programs like interventions. “Therapeutic interventions support change in delinquent