Part of that conception may be the impression that juvenile crime is an epidemic. Whether characters from a Charles Dickens novel or perceived gang members in a modern city, juvenile delinquents may give the impression of a society out of control.
But is it really? Furthermore, how does one translate the evolving definition of juvenile into application in criminal justice practice? And how does the role of formal education, particularly secondary education, help manage an increasingly urban and suburban juvenile population by contributing to, controlling, or suppressing juvenile delinquency?
evaluate perspectives on juvenile crime rates and how to approach juvenile delinquency—and how approaches may differ between adults and youth.
· Analyze perceptions and realities of juvenile violence
· Analyze the evolving distinction of juvenile in the criminal justice system
· Compare treatment of juveniles and adults in the criminal justice system
· Recommend a criminal justice approach for a juvenile offender
· Demonstrate understanding of juvenile delinquency concepts and terms
If an adolescent, dressed in a school uniform but sullen in attitude, sits next to you on the subway, would you worry about your safety? The community you live or work in may have an unspoken wariness about juveniles, perhaps manifesting in the avoidance of areas where adolescents congregate or through local businesses limiting how many students are allowed in a store. What feeds that wariness?
Given that many interactions between juveniles and law enforcement may not result in an arrest, due in part to the distinction between juvenile and adult, it is difficult to establish accurate conclusions about trends in delinquency.
In this Discussion, you compare the difference between perception and reality with regard to juvenile crime as well as compare that reality with other societies.
· Why does juvenile violence still seem to persist or be more extreme despite general downward trends?
· Is the United States unique in this respect?
Agnew, R., & Brezina, T. (2017). Juvenile delinquency: Causes and control (6th ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.