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Juvenile Delinquency and the Justice System

Presented in this article are the different issues and dimensions of the topic in juvenile delinquency. Discussed in this essay are the definition, causes, remedies and solutions to juvenile delinquency occurences.

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Introduction 1
What is a Delinquent? 1
What is Juvenile Delinquency? 2
Causes of Juvenile Delinquency 2
Some Control Mechanisms to Prevent Juvenile Delinquency 5
Individual Programs 6
Moral Reasoning Development 8
Institutional Community Program 9
Other Treatment Programs 11
Juvenile Delinquency and Morality 11
Sources 13

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The problem of juvenile delinquency and crime appear to be inevitable and difficult to prevent. Over the years, the government has been doing its best to solve these menacing problems, and evidently, there seems to be an improvement. Juvenile delinquency as a social problem, deals with children below twenty-one years of age who violate laws or who fail to do what the law requires. The Child and Youth Welfare Code explicitly defines the youth offender as “one who is over nine years but under twenty-one years of age at the time of the commission of the offense.” A child who is nine years old or under when the offense was committed shall be exempt from criminal liability and shall be placed in the custody of the parents, or the nearest relative, or the family friend, in the discretion of the court and subject to its supervision. Using this concept as our frame or reference, the term crime is used to refer to adult behavior. According to Sison (2008) youthful crime ...

... punishment.  On the other hand, the official handling of youthful crime should take into consideration the age of the offender, who should be tried by special courts, where the prevailing mood will be paternal.  The offenders will be shielded during the process from contact with hardened criminals and other evil influences.  Trained specialists should be employed to ascertain to what extent physical and psychic causes contribute to the delinquency, so that proper remedies may be provided.  And finally by means of vocational training, apprentice programs and placement bureaus, skillful, gainful and interesting occupations should be made possible for those for whom idleness is the occasion of wrongdoing.
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