known locations of recurrent delinquent behavior activity. A common hotspot location for law enforcement is a housing project where they will implement a crack down on drug dealers using
Page 3 of 4 undercover officers. These efforts are effective deterring delinquents from these locations when police concentrate their efforts there convincing them it is unsafe for illegal activity. The effects of this method are only effective for that initial attack because it will just displace illegal activity to other areas where the police are not focusing on so there for this method well is effective doesn’t solve the problem completely. In conclusion Choice theory is effective to deterring juvenile delinquency to a degree for the fact that not all juveniles are considered to be rational when committing illegal activity. It doesn’t account for adolescents who are desperate because they have no other option to commit illegal activity. It also doesn’t consider emotionally or mentally ill individuals whose judgements are impaired and truly can’t make rational choices to do the right thing. Therefor someone like a student whose been physically bullied and degraded by fellow classmates can’t make a rational choice when he decides to bring a gun into school. Yes, that can be argued back in forth, but it would require a psychologist to determine whether he was capable to act on his own free will or his judgements were blurred.
Page 4 of 4 Works cited Siegel, Larry J., and Brandon Welsh. Juvenile Delinquency: The Core . Cengage Learning, 2017.
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