Juvenile Detainees

Juvenile detainees
CRJ 303: Corrections
Jamila Harris
June 28, 2010

Juvenile detainees have many obstacles to overcome when they enter into a life of crime. A child’s development is important at a young age and can be a determining factor in whether a child will need help so they do not enter into the stage of becoming a juvenile delinquent. Children will push the boundaries of their parents, teachers and sometimes law enforcement and do not realize the punishment that can come from juvenile delinquency. Those juvenile detainees that are sentenced to prison for their crime can find out that prison is a scary place for a young juvenile and they will have to learn how to live out their sentence in a prison environment. Juveniles are finding the juvenile system changing as countless people in society want harsher punishments for juvenile offenses.
A child’s development can be a critical factor in examining juvenile offenders. Children at a young age can display signs of antisocial behavior that may continue through the years and well into their adult years. According to Curtis Bartol and Anne Bartol in their book Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Approach (2011):
A developmental trajectory or pathway reflects the changes in an individual’s cognitive, emotional and social growth as he or she grows into adulthood…pathways are numerous experiences that may be encountered, such as early childhood victimizations or the loss of a parent during preadolescence…some children engage in stubborn, defiant, and disobedient behavior…progressing to mild than more severe forms of violence and criminal behavior during adolescence and young adulthood…some children exhibit cruelty to animals, aggressive behavior toward peers, bullying, and substance abuse (p. 147).
It is important that parents, teachers, and others protect children and look for signs if a child is displaying antisocial behavior so help can begin immediately and hopefully save a child from going down the...