Essay on Juvenile deliquency

This essay has a total of 1335 words and 5 pages.

juvenile deliquency

Over the years, countless efforts have been made to find a comprehensive explanation for
delinquency. The results of these efforts have offered possible reasons as being both
biological and social. It is still debatable as to what forces have the greatest influence
on youth crime, but it is undoubted that several factors clearly make an impact. The
direct relationships a child has with concrete social elements, like his family and
friends, are likely to give some intimation of his involvement in crime. However, it must
be noted that there are more abstract contexts for socialization that also exist as
potential explanations for a child's behavior. The most prominent of these less specific
forces are the media, community, and religion. It has been argued extensively that these
three elements represent a major source of delinquency in the U.S. today. Everyone has at
one time or another heard accusations against television, for instance, and how it has
such degenerating capabilities in relation to young minds. Equally common are the various
public proclamations about the lack of brotherhood among citizens of this country. These
complaints are nothing new to our society; before television was vilified, it was radio,
and before radio it was comic books. In short, these problems merely exist as different
manifestations of an age-old concern. Another, seemingly less obvious, aspect of this
argument deals with the role of religion in society. In paralleling it to delinquency, for
all its power and influence, religion is much more perplexing than the media or sense of
community. For one, religion exists on many different levels and is extremely difficult to
define in a fashion suitable to the debate. In addition, the fact that religion is such a
controversial and sensitive subject only complicates the pursuit of characterizing and
understanding it. These obstacles notwithstanding, the multifaceted effects of religion on
crime have been argued for centuries. They will likely continue, as people observe that
religion influences the behavior of people, serves as a set of values for society, and
correlates with delinquency in several ways. The relationship between crime and religion
has been explored for many years, with only a handful of theorists drawing any direct
conclusions. Among few others, three of the most influential social philosophers of the
past 200 years, Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, have all commented on the importance of
religion to this issue. Marx believed that religion existed to give people a false hope
for the future and to keep them motivated during the present. In accomplishing this,
religion also deterred people from crime by making them concentrate on their social roles,
while ignoring the oppression of stratified economic systems. Durkheim asserted that
"social order could be maintained only if people had common beliefs in something greater
than themselves" (Jensen and Rojek 309). He saw religion as very interconnected with
social values as it contributed to a loss of strong communal bonds between the tenants of
Western society. As people begin to believe more in themselves and less in a higher power,
Durkheim argued, they become less committed to an interdependent society and highly prone
to selfish acts of lawlessness. Weber, another distinguished sociologist, attributed
social deviance to religious factors as well. He believed that "religious institutions
were intertwined with other institutions," contributing to both progressive and regressive
social development (Jensen and Rojek 309). These three attempted to explain the social
importance of religion, while only scratching the surface of its relationship to crime.
Although they fail to adequately expand on the subject, the ideas of these influential
Continues for 3 more pages >>




  • Computer fraud
    computer fraud As much as billion are lost every year due to flourishing computer crimes. In 1993 alone, Internet, the world wide system of computer networks, was swindled out of approximately billion, and about million were stolen from various companies such as GTE Corp., AT&T, Bell Atlantic and MCI ( Meyer and Underwood 45). Ironically these same organizations have been collaborating with software manufacturers for an expanded software production ( Cook 53 ). Multinational corporati
  • Computer underground
    computer underground The Computer Underground. The beginning of the electronic communication revolution that started with the public use of telephones to the emergence of home computers has been accompanied by corresponding social problems involving the activities of so-called "computer hackers," or better referred to as the computer underground (CU). The CU is composed of computer aficionados who stay on the fringes of legality. The CU is composed of relatively intelligent people, in contrast t
  • Catherine the Great
    Catherine the Great Throughout history, Russia has been viewed as a regressive cluster of barely civilized people on the verge of barbarism. In the eighteenth century, ideas of science and secularism grasped hold of Europe, and Russian Czars, realizing how behind Muscovite culture was, sought out this knowledge, attempting to imbed it into Russian society. Catherine II was one of these Czars. She listened to both the ideas of the philosophes and the problems of her people and strove to enlighten
  • Capital Punishment1
    Capital Punishment1 CAPITAL PUNISHMENT It is usually called, simply, the “chair” and at one time, was in constant use at New York’s legendary Sing Sing Prison. But, no executions have occurred in New York since 1963, a time when support for capital punishment was eroding across the country. The state’s capital punishment statute was declared unconstitutional in 1977. In this year, and in each of the following 17 years, Democratic governors vetoed legislation to restore the death penalty. Yet, in
  • Juvenile Psycopaths
    Juvenile Psycopaths Juvenile Psychopaths What is the "super predator"? He or she are young hypercriminals who are committing acts of violence of unprecedentedcoldness and brutality. This newest phenomena in the world of crime is perhaps the most dangerous challenge facing society and law enforcement ever. While psychopaths are not new, this breed of super criminal exceeds the scope of psychopathic behavior. They are younger, more brutal, and completely unafraid of the law. While current research
  • Crime and Drug Use misc0
    Crime and Drug Use misc0 The link between drug use and crime is not a new one. For more than twenty years, both the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Justice have funded many studies to try to better understand the connection. One such study was done in Baltimore on heroin users. This study found high rates of criminality among users during periods of active drug use, and much lower rates during periods of nonuse (Ball et al. 1983, pp.119-142). A large number of peop
  • Crime and Drug Use misc1
    Crime and Drug Use misc1 Crime and Drug Use federal tax dollars to fund these therapeutic communities in prisons. I feel that if we teach these prisoners some self-control and alternative lifestyles that we can keep them from reentering the prisons once they get out. I am also going to describe some of today’s programs that have proven to be very effective. Gottfredson and Hirschi developed the general theory of crime. It According to their theory, the criminal act and the criminal offender are
  • Determining What Makes A Career Criminal
    Determining What Makes A Career Criminal Determining What Makes A Career Criminal The career criminal, or, more pointedly, those individuals who participate in criminal acts on a regular basis for both a central and constant source of income has, generally, a specific set of identifying factors which, while conclusive in laymen\'s terms, fail to meet the criteria necessary for scientific inquiry. While definitions exist as to what a career criminal is, the research methods employed in determinin
  • Discrimination and the Death Penalty
    Discrimination and the Death Penalty Discrimination and the Death Penalty By Katie Matthews "Twenty years have past since this court declared that the death penalty must be imposed fairly, and with reasonable consistency, or not at all, and, despite the effort of the states and courts to devise legal formulas and procedural rules to meet this daunting challenge, the death penalty remains fraught with arbitrariness, discrimination, caprice and mistake." --Justice Harry Blackmun, Feb. 22, 1994. Ca
  • Gun Laws
    Gun Laws States from Michigan to Nebraska to California, as well as the federal government, are considering new rules on letting law-abiding citizens carry guns. Does allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns deter violent crimes? Or does this cause otherwise law-abiding citizens to harm each other? Thirty-one states now have guaranteed their citizens the right to carry concealed handguns if applicants do not have a criminal record or a history of significant mental illness. So what have the
  • Prison Privitisation
    Prison Privitisation Privatization in Corrections Privatization in corrections is a trend that is assuming increasing significance. Pratt and Maahs, characterizing privatization in corrections as “a growth industry go on to note: “Rooted primarily in the political and economic context of the 1980s. The movement to privatize public services has received increasing support in response to taxpayer demands that government provide more services with fewer resources. Advocates of correctional privatiz
  • Apartheid
    apartheid About 400,000 Americans die every year because of health problems due to smoking. 1.5 million people quit smoking a year, but 50 million keep on going. Those 50 million people are addicted to nicotine. Nicotine addiction is when a person psychologically, physically, and socially has a compulsive need for nicotine. There is a persistent craving for the nicotine product. Out of all the people who smoke, 80% started before the age of 21. This means that you are more likely to start smokin
  • College 1
    college 1 The main character of the novel Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky, Raskolnikov, is in reality has two totally contradicting personalities. One part of him is intellectual. He is cold, unfeeling and inhumane. He exibits tremendous self-will. It is this side that enables him to commit the most terrible crime imaginable - taking another human life. The other part of his personality is warm and compassionate. This is the side of him that does charitable acts and fights out against
  • College 2
    college 2 The main character of the novel Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky, Raskolnikov, is in reality has two totally contradicting personalities. One part of him is intellectual. He is cold, unfeeling and inhumane. He exibits tremendous self-will. It is this side that enables him to commit the most terrible crime imaginable - taking another human life. The other part of his personality is warm and compassionate. This is the side of him that does charitable acts and fights out against
  • Deterrence
    Deterrence Deterrence Introduction Bang! Bang! Another victim lies dead on the cold, hard asphalt. Another person dies for no reason at all. If the killer is caught and brought to justice he may be faced with the death penalty, or he may have to go to jail for the remainder of his life. There are many debates in the field of Criminal Justice about this controversial topic of should the death or incarceration of a criminal act as a deterrent or a missed opportunity to put fear into other criminal
  • Euthanasia13
    Euthanasia13 Many people confronted with a terminal illness are confused about what they can do as a dying person. This is when euthanasia is often discussed. Deciding that this is the only option is a long drawn out process. Being that a large part of American society is of Christian beliefs, it is necessary to look at morality based on religion. The main pro-suicide argument deals completely within the issue of choice. If life is seen as a covenant, or temporary loan from God, the freedom to c
  • Gun control1
    gun control1 In some cases, gun control may be favored even if the price is more death. Consider, for example, H. Laurence Ross\'s review of Gary Kleck\'s book Point Blank in the American Journal of Sociology. Kleck\'s book was awarded the Hindelang Prize, as the most significant contribution to criminology in the last three years; Ross praises Kleck\'s meticulous research and analysis, and Kleck\'s debunking of many of the myths surrounding the gun issue. And Ross does not deny Kleck\'s conclus
  • Gun control1
    gun control1 In some cases, gun control may be favored even if the price is more death. Consider, for example, H. Laurence Ross\'s review of Gary Kleck\'s book Point Blank in the American Journal of Sociology. Kleck\'s book was awarded the Hindelang Prize, as the most significant contribution to criminology in the last three years; Ross praises Kleck\'s meticulous research and analysis, and Kleck\'s debunking of many of the myths surrounding the gun issue. And Ross does not deny Kleck\'s conclus
  • Insanity as a defense
    insanity as a defense INSANITY AS A DEFENSE The insanity defense is a defense that is used in the courts to say the defendant was not aware of what they were doing at the time of the crime. The terms of such a defense are to be found in the instructions presented by the trial judge to the jury at the close of a case. These instructions can be drawn from any of several rules used in the determination of mental illness. The final determination of mental illness rests solely on the jury who uses in
  • Plea Baragining
    Plea Baragining ISBN: 0-919584-63-2 NEWS! Directory Grad Programs Information Service Publications WWW Links How to ORDER Back to Publications List Police Use of Deadly Force: Canadian Perspectives by: Duncan Chappell Linda P. Graham ISBN: 0-919584-63-2 Price: CAN .00 Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches Pages: xvii + 195 © 1985 Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto All Rights Reserved This monograph examines an important and, on occasions, controversial subject: the use by Canadian police of deadl
  • Positive and Negative on DNA Profiling
    Positive and Negative on DNA Profiling Genetic engineering has developed and blossomed at a frightening rate in the last decade. Originating as merely an area of interest for scientists, genetic engineering has now become an area of which all people should be somewhat knowledgeable. DNA profiling has many uses, both positive and negative, in our society. Aside from its usefulness in many legal investigations, DNA profiling can be used in the workplace to discriminate against employees whose prof
  • Capital punishment as americans minds change
    capital punishment as americans minds change Capitol Punishment is the harshest punishment there is for a crime in the United States. Just like most ideas and policies in our nation people agree with Capitol Punishment and people don’t agree with it. As time goes on more and more Americans support the death penalty. Despite the increase in support there are still questionable factors about Capitol Punishment. It is said that the death penalty is overcrowding our prisons, that there are racial bi
  • Comerce clause
    comerce clause The United States Constitution gives very specific powers to congress. These powers are very limited and are each enumerated in the text of the Constitution. One of the powers is “[t]o regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes” (Article I, Section 8). This is the only reference in the constitution that speaks about commerce. The Tenth Amendment states that “[t]he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, n
  • Criminolgy
    criminolgy Criminology criminology, the study of crime, society\'s response to it, and its prevention, including examination of the environmental, hereditary, or psychological causes of crime, modes of criminal investigation and conviction, and the efficacy of punishment or correction as compared with forms of treatment or rehabilitation. Although it is generally considered a subdivision of criminology also draws on the findings of psychology, economics, and other disciplines that investigate hu
  • Criminology
    criminology Hai Pham 6/16/99 Criminology One child grows up to be somebody who just loves to learn. And the other child grows up to be somebody who just loves to burn (198) An excerpt of this poem paints a picture of two brothers, John and Robert Wideman, leading different lives. Robert Wideman, embraced a path common for black men during that era; a life of crime, glamour, and drugs. Quietly sitting in jail, he reminisces deeply about his troubled past and the consequences of the future that no
  • Criminology1
    criminology1 Hai Pham 6/16/99 Criminology One child grows up to be somebody who just loves to learn. And the other child grows up to be somebody who just loves to burn (198) An excerpt of this poem paints a picture of two brothers, John and Robert Wideman, leading different lives. Robert Wideman, embraced a path common for black men during that era; a life of crime, glamour, and drugs. Quietly sitting in jail, he reminisces deeply about his troubled past and the consequences of the future that n
  • Forensic Psychology
    Forensic Psychology Part I: The Job Forensic Psychology is the application of the science and profession of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. The word "forensic" comes from the Latin word "forensis," meaning "of the forum," where the law courts of ancient Rome were held. Today forensic refers to the application of scientific principles and practices to the adversary process where specially knowledgeable scientists play a role. There are several types of For
  • THE SUPER PREDATORS
    THE SUPER PREDATORS THE SUPER PREDATORS What is the "super predator"? They are young hypercriminals who are committing acts of violence of unprecedented coldness and brutality. This newest phenomenon in the world of crime is perhaps the most dangerous challenge facing society and law enforcement ever. While psychopaths are not new, this breed of super criminal exceeds the scope of psychopathic behaviour. They are younger, more brutal, and completely unafraid of the law. While current research on
  • Anti Death Penalty
    Anti Death Penalty Disasters in Death Introduction I. Roosevelt Collins, a black man in Alabama, was convicted of rape, sentenced to death, and executed in 1937. Roosevelt testified that the “victim” who was white had consented to sex, which caused a near-riot in the courtroom. The all-white jury deliberated for only FOUR minutes. Later interviews with several jurors revealed that although they believed the act was consensual, they also thought that he deserved death simply for “messin’ around”
  • Internet Censorship
    Internet Censorship Animal cruelty encompasses a range of different behaviors harmful to animals, from neglect to malicious, brutal killings. Studies show that animal cruelty may lead to more serious forms of crime, like heavy drug use, violent outbursts, and most common, cold blooded murder. Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last twenty-five years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated a
  • Juvenile Delinquency
    Juvenile Delinquency There is no doubt that various experts can give us many theories as to the causes of juvenile delinquency, including one\'s economic background, substance abuse, delinquent peer groups, repeated exposure to violence, increased availability of firearms and media violence, however, I feel that the number one cause of juvenile delinquency is the breakdown of families, including lack of parental control over children. It is ironic in America, today, one must have a driver\'s lic
  • Juvenile Delinquency
    Juvenile Delinquency There is no doubt that various experts can give us many theories as to the causes of juvenile delinquency, including one\'s economic background, substance abuse, delinquent peer groups, repeated exposure to violence, increased availability of firearms and media violence, however, I feel that the number one cause of juvenile delinquency is the breakdown of families, including lack of parental control over children. It is ironic in America, today, one must have a driver\'s lic
  • Nathaniel Abraham Analysis and conclusion
    Nathaniel Abraham Analysis and conclusion Nathaniel Abraham was eleven years old when he committed the act of murder. Under a 1997 Michigan law a child of any age may be tried as an adult for severe crimes. Abraham was the first juvenile to be tried under this statute. Accused in the murder of Ronnie Lee Greene Jr., Abraham faced first degree murder charges. Now, at the age of fourteen, Nathaniel has been sentenced to a juvenile facility until the age of twenty-one. Oakland County Probate Judge
  • Whats My Age Again
    Whats My Age Again Children have become increasingly violent since the 1970s. Today more gangs exist and homicides occur than in the past thirty years. Crime rates have only dropped slightly in the five previous years (Vieregge n.p.). Now that more juvenile delinquents are entering the justice system, the question arises as to how they should be tried. Being tried in a juvenile court for a serious offense is much like a slap on the wrist. Sure, they can be sent to an adult correctional facility
  • Criminology
    criminology person would be considered to be acting deviantly in society if they are violating what the significant social norm in that particular culture is. What causes humans to act certain ways is a disputed topic among researchers for some time now. There are three types of researchers that have tried to answer this question. There is the psychological answer, biological answer, and the sociological answer. With all of the studies that have been performed, no one group has come up with an e
  • Female Delinquency
    Female Delinquency One of the most important issues in crime today is Juvenile Delinquency. It is too often the cause that people see it as something “new” and a problem that needs to be dealt with by today’s society. Female delinquency is and has been rapidly increasing in the past few years. In Girls, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice, Lind and Shelden give an overview of juvenile delinquency among females. To fully understand the question of who, where, when, how, and why females are delinque
  • PROSPECTUS OF HONOURS COURSES
    Mr PROSPECTUS OF HONOURS COURSES 2000/2001 This document contains information on all Honours courses on offer next year together with important information about admission to Honours and assessment in Honours courses. Please retain it for reference throughout the session. Douglas Brodie, Associate Dean. ADMISSION AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE 2 LIST OF COURSES ON OFFER AND NOT ON OFFER IN 2000/2001 4 COURSE ENTRIES A) COURSES ON OFFER 2000/2001 5 - 23 B) COURSES NOT ON OFFER 2000/2001 25 - 28 HONOUR
  • Virtual Controversies
    Virtual Controversies It was once forcasted that computers in the future would weigh no more than 1.5 tons. Of course, in today’s technologically savvy times, it’s a common occurrence to see people holding their computers in their lap, or even in their hand. There’s no doubt about it: the computer already plays an important role in our lives and that role is likely to expand as more advancements are made. However, new innovations mean new controversies. The Internet, for example, has transformed
  • ELIT NESS
    ELIT NESS Eliot Ness was born on April 19, 1903 in Chicago. He was a lucky boy born into an almost storybook type of American family. His parents, Peter and Emma Ness, were Norwegian immigrants who had earned a comfortable middle class life for their family by very hard work and practical living. Over the years, Peter had made his wholesale bakery into a thriving business. It is supposed that Ness gained his father\'s work-aholic traits that drove him so hard later in life. Eliot was the younge
  • John Dillinger
    John Dillinger On June 22, 1903 a man named John Dillinger was born. He grew up in the Oak Hill Section of Indianapolis. When John was three years old his mother died, and when his father remarried six years later, John resented his stepmother. When John was a teenager he was frequently in trouble. He finally quit school and got a job in a machine shop in Indianapolis. He was very intelligent and a good worker, but he soon got bored and often stayed out all night. His father began to think that
  • Anti insanity defense
    anti insanity defense The insanity defense refers to that branch of the concept of insanity which defines the extent to which men accused of crimes may be relieved of criminal responsibility by virtue of mental disease. The terms of such a defense are to be found in the instructions presented by the trial judge to the jury at the close of a case. These instructions can be drawn from any of several rules used in the determination of mental illness. The final determination of mental illness rests
  • Capital Punishment
    Capital Punishment Capital punishment is defined in the Encarta Encyclopedia as the legal infliction of the death penalty. The death penalty is currently used as punishment for crimes of murder. The State of Florida supports capital punishment and carries it out by electric chair execution. According to The Death Row Fact Sheet published by the Florida Department of Corrections, 44 people have been executed since 1976 and another 372 inmates are currently on death row in Florida. ……Thesis…. Det
  • Execution of juveniles
    execution of juveniles Adult Punishment and Juvenile Justice Day after day in this country there is a debate going on about the death penalty and whether we as people have the right to decide the fate of another persons life. When we examine this issue we usually consider those we are arguing about to be older men and women who are more than likely hardened criminals with rap sheets longer than the height we stand (Farley & Willwerth, 1998). They have made a career of crime, committing it rathe
  • Crime and drug use
    crime and drug use Crime and Drug Use Throughout my time as a criminal justice student, I have been interested about the relationship between drugs and crime. I have also been amazed by the statistics having to do with the amount of prisoners returning to a correctional facility after their time served. The link between drug use and crime is not a new one. For more than twenty years, both the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Justice have funded many studies to try
  • Criminology
    Criminology For this essay I am going to look at Domestic Violence against women and what the State is doing to protect them. Domestic Violence is now a well-known global occurrence affecting not only women but also their children too. Violence against woman has been around since the dawn of time. We have all seen cartoon pictures of the caveman dragging his mate behind him by her hair. It was just something that men did. Woman had no protection against men especially if they were married to th
  • Juvenile Offenders
    Juvenile Offenders Juvinile By: joey Should Juveniles be waived to adult court Philosophy 14 Nov 98 Should juveniles be waived to adult court. There has been tension between teens (pre-teens) and adults for thousands of years, and the question how to deal with the youth of a culture, in a punishment sense, has been with us for just as long. Socrates, for example, stated that "children show little respect for there elders." Since Socrates time largely due to the spread of guns and drugs, younger
  • Rape sheild law
    rape sheild law In the 1970\'s, under pressure from feminist activists, lawyers, and legislators, most states changed their rape laws to ease the emotional burden of rape victims who testified in court. They had found that, for many women, going through the legal process was as painful as the rape itself. No longer did a woman have to show up in the court with broken bones and missing teeth to be taken seriously. Rape shield laws prohibited lawyers from delving into the victim\'s sexual history
  • Capital punishment7
    capital punishment7 In the history of the world, the punishment for murder, or homicide, has generally been “the death penalty”. This seems to be the most logical punishment. If someone intentionally kills an innocent human being, why should he be able to live? Or should he? Should he be forced to suffer for the remainder of his life for this terrible crime? There are many arguments and opinions on this topic; many reasons why we should sentence murderers to death, but many reasons we should no
  • Cyberporn censorship or free speech
    cyberporn censorship or free speech CYBERPORN: CENSORSHIP OR FREE SPEECH? INTRODUCTION The Internet is a worldwide network of computers and databases that has evolved rapidly in recent years. Tremendous amounts of information are transmitted and are fairly easy to obtain. Although in the past the information available was for the most part educational and business oriented, in recent years it has become much more diverse and questions have been raised as to the appropriateness of the content be
  • Death penalty10 misc9
    death penalty10 misc9 When the term capital punishment comes up, consideration must be given to the history of mankind in relation to such form of retribution. From the beginning of recorded history, the death penalty has existed and for many crimes other then first degree murder. Before anyone takes a FOR or AGAINST position on capital punishment, perhaps we should take a look at the actual facts and statistics on this controversial topic. Then, with all this in mind, take a dialectical approa