Juvenile Crime Prevention Research Paper

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Juvenile Crime Prevention

Most people consider delinquency prevention to be crucial to the development of a comprehensive and consistent approach to the problem of youth crime and delinquency. Traditionally, the evaluations have lacked an empirical support of the prevention programs' impact on juvenile misconduct. However, today there is a growing research which supports the idea of delinquency prevention as both a cost-effective as well as a practical means of reducing the youth misbehavior. Even so, policymakers on the other hand, continue to debate on the efficacy of programs that avert crime as opposed to sanctions which purportedly deter youth violence and delinquency. In summary, this paper will evaluate three current prevention and diversion programs used to prevent or deter juvenile delinquency, abuse, and neglect.

Presently, the current discussion centered on juvenile crime prevention primarily focuses on the several key components in effort to define the programs that are most effective in discouraging the youth misbehavior. The delinquency prevention efforts have become broad-based touching on the aspect of public policy, which addresses the children's issues such as law enforcement, housing, education, health and many
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others. Over the past decade, most researchers identified various interventions strategies as well as, program models to reduce delinquency and promote a pro-social development. Preventing delinquency does not only save the young lives from being wasted, but it also prevents the onset of the adult criminal careers, thus reducing the burden of crime on its victims and on society. As a result, diversion programs such as after school programs, clubs and associations programs, working and volunteering programs and many other programs will be significant in preventing or deterring juvenile delinquency, abuse, and neglect (Saunders & Carr, 2009).

(a) After School Programs

After school programs may be significant in that, they will prevent children and teenagers from getting involved with gang violence. It is evident that there are several types of after school problems that help combat juvenile delinquency. This can be done by letting the schools as well as, communities to implement organizing programs that will entice and draw in youth to participate. For instance, allowing the teens to go to gym after they have finished their classes until early evening hours so they have a safe place that is drug free to hang out and socialize. After school programs is significant in that it offers activity ideas for the school as well as, local organizations to…

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Saunders, G., & Carr, R.A. (2009). A juvenile crime prevention programme utilizing a peer counselling model. New York: Juvenile Crime Prevention Project.

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