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NCJ Number: 99503 Find in a Library
Title: Need to Do Something(From Juvenile Delinquency - A Justice Perspective, P 179-190, 1985, Ralph A Weisheit and Robert G Culbertson, eds. See NCJ-99489)
Author(s): J C Hackler
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Waveland Press, Inc.
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author explores the influence of the social milieu on delinquency programs, with attention to factors that influence whether new knowledge is used or ignored, and then examines the treatment versus justice debate from this perspective.
Abstract: Governments are pressured to 'do something' about delinquency, not because it is a tremendous threat to society, but because public demands for action are always there. Since action is necessary, it is normal to ask experts to research the problem, analyze causes, launch programs, and evaluate the results. This rational approach to problemsolving may not be appropriate for social policy, since it often fails to account for the complex forces within a community, public attitudes, and the internal dynamics of any research project. In addition, a major stumbling block to effective social policy is the persistent belief that the intentions of 'men of good will' will surely result in progress. Any analysis of policy must consider the larger social milieu. The author argues that neither the advocates of revolutionary change nor those of law and order have demonstrated the superiority of their recommendations. Program descriptions illustrate the author's points. Nine references are included.
Index Term(s): Custody vs treatment conflict; Juvenile justice reform; Policy analysis; Social conditions; Societal reactions to crime
Note: Reprinted from The Prevention of Youthful Crime - The Great Stumble Forward, Methuen Press, 1978, P 8-23
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