reatment versus Punishment: That is the Question!
When looking at the relationship between social justice and juvenile justice, there are two overarching concepts when addressing juvenile delinquency - treatment and punishment. These two concepts have driven a cycle of changes in the juvenile justice system over the years. Your task is to support your premise that your state or city should either implement a philosophy of treatment or punishment for juvenile offenders for a specific crime or criminal justice issue identified in your paper.
Explain the differences between the treatment and punishment concepts. Build the case for which one you believe has the stronger position based on your research and the crime or criminal justice issue you selected to study.
Review the juvenile crime statistics between three cities or states in three different parts of the country (e.g., Boston, Chicago, and Seattle) for a crime or criminal justice issue. Incorporate a graphic display to present your findings. Be sure to include at least three demographic items, such as gender, ethnicity, race, education, or socio-economic status, in your analysis. Ensure you standardize your data (i.e., 1:1000; 1:10,000; or 1: 100,000) and incorporate the scale in a key for each chart.
Identify the prevailing thought in the city or state: Is it treatment or punishment? Analyze the differences in the recidivism rates between the cities or states you have selected? Is recidivism the best indicator of success or failure or should we use a different indicator?
In Chapters 2 and 3 of the text, our author addresses biological, psychological and sociological theories to help explain juvenile delinquency. Evaluate which of these theories would best support your thesis.
Support which juvenile justice intervention strategy would be effective to counter the crime or criminal justice issue based on your research?
Conclude with a summary of which concept (treatment or punishment) best supports the over arching concept of social justice?
The paper must be ten to twelve pages in length and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least six scholarly resources (at least four of which must be found in the Ashford Online Library) other than the textbook to support your claims. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:
Must be ten to twelve double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a title page with the following:
Title of paper
Course name and number
Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
Must use at least six scholarly resources, including a minimum of four from the Ashford University Library.
Must document all sources in APA style
Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.
Treatment or Punishment Name: Institution: Course: Date: Treatment or punishment There is a school of thought that views crimes within the younger generations as a recipe of what is to come. This is relative to the fact that, most of the adult criminals that have been convicted, have had some element of criminal activities in their youth. Some of the criminals start their criminal activities as early as ten and they carry on their delinquent habits to adulthood. It is for this reason that most of the research that has been carried out indicates that, persons that have had criminal pasts, are likely to become repeat offenders. It is not common that an offender without a criminal record will become a repeat offender in their old age especially if the offense that they committed was in their adult age. Most of these cases are associated with reactionary aspects of the person, relative to the fact that there is an element of habit developments that is associated with the criminal tendencies. As a result, there has been a debate on whether the correction facilities actually have any significant impact on the inmates and in this case the offenders that are young. Ideally, the correction facilities are supposed to be as the name suggests offer the inmates a chance to change their lives. However, over the last several decades, there is a twist to the elemental use of the correction facilities for political statements (Scheingold, 1994). This is to mean that, there is break...