Juvenile Justice System Research Paper

Juvenile delinquency is a serious threat to the current and future safety of American society. Although the results of criminal offences are the same, some would argue that the problem is much more complicated and demands more consideration that adult criminals. That is, the nature and circumstances of juvenile delinquency raise into discussion several main inherent moral and ethical dilemmas:

First, since children and adolescences are much more responsive to environmental pressure, one should carefully consider the motives of a young criminal. For example, a child who cannot afford a status symbol (e.g. fashion brands) would be prone to theft, as he perceives the product as a critical (i.e. a need rather than a want) social barrier. The same holds true for other types of criminal offence such as drug abuse and violence. Continue reading