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NCJ Number: 68989 Find in a Library
Title: JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM
Corporate Author: American Lutheran Church
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Sponsoring Agency: American Lutheran Church
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Correctional Service of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Publication Number: CASSETTE 190
Sale Source: Correctional Service of Minnesota
1427 Washington Avenue, South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A SOCIAL WORKER IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM EXPLORES THE NATURE AND CAUSES OF JUVENILE DELINQUENT BEHAVIOR, AS WELL AS ALTERNATIVES TO THE COURT SYSTEM.
Abstract: IN THE EYES OF THE SOCIAL WORKER, BODO, CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO GROWING JUVENILE DELINQUENCY ARE THE DECLINE OF THE CLOSE-KNIT FAMILY, REMOVAL OF THE FAMILY FROM THE RURAL SETTING, LACK OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PARENTS AND CHILDREN, SOCIAL RATHER THAN EDUCATIONAL DEMANDS ON CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS, AND TRANSFER OF RESPONSIBILITY FROM PARENTS TO INSTITUTIONS OUTSIDE THE HOME. AS MOST JUVENILE DELINQUENTS ARE ONE-TIME OFFENDERS, BODO ADVOCATES DELAYING ENTRY OF YOUNGSTERS INTO THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM WITHIN REASONABLE LIMITS. FURTHERMORE, HE BELIEVES THAT RECIDIVISM IS NOT AN ACCURATE MEASURE OF CORRECTIONS SUCCESS. MOST JUVENILE OFFENDERS ARE NORMAL, HEALTHY CHILDREN ACTING OUT PROBLEMS. MANY YOUNGSTERS SUDDENLY ENCOUNTER DIFFICULTIES AT A CERTAIN TIME BECAUSE THEY ARE UNABLE TO CONTEND WITH THE DEMANDS OF A NEW SITUATION, SUCH AS HIGH SCHOOL, AND THEIR PARENTS ARE NOT CAPABLE OF COPING WITH CHANGES IN THEIR CHILDREN. MANY FAMILIES FORGET TO LISTEN TO INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS SO THAT THEIR PERSPECTIVES ARE LOST. FINALLY, BODO EMPHASIZES THE VALUE OF FAMILIES' ABILITY TO LAUGH AT THEMSELVES: FAMILIES REALLY IN TROUBLE DO NOT LAUGH ANY MORE.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Family counseling; Juvenile court diversion; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention
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