CJ203 Ashford Treatment vs Punishment in Juvenile Crimes Discussion

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The Treatment Versus Punishment: That Is the Question!

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The weaknesses of the adult criminal justice system in the U.S. prompted the institution of
the juvenile justice system. The juvenile justice system was put in place to ensure the diversion of
juvenile offenders from the adult criminal justice system. While handling juvenile offenders, the
mainstream criminal justice system was found to instill destructive punishments that were harmful
to this special category of offenders. Therefore, there was a need to work towards a system aimed
at the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders, given their nature of requiring special attention. The
paper aims at assessing whether the punishment or treatment concept should be adopted by the
juvenile justice system in my state (Listwan, 2013).
Treatment versus punishment
One of the main difference between punishment concepts and treatment concept is that
treatment relies on rehabilitating while punishment relies on the incarceration or else parole. One
may be given a longer sentence when considering punishment concepts. Treatment mostly focuses
on rehabilitating juveniles. It is one of the best practice to discipline the youths. Most of the young
people classified as juveniles mostly suffer from addiction and educational problems. There are
concepts involved in the treatment process, including intervention programs.
According to Tsui (2014), young adults, otherwise categorized as juveniles, are not
supposed to be sent for a life sentence or the death sentence. Punishment concepts are not supposed
to be applied to young adults. It is only supposed to be applied to the grown-up people. Decisions
made by the young adults are considered to be premature, and therefore they are supposed to be
given another chance in life rather than sending them for life imprisonment despite the mistake
that they may have done.



Treatment concepts, like work programs and positive reinforcement, are much effective as
compared to punishing juveniles. On the other hand, punishment concepts may end up having
some negative implications in one's life, especially the juveniles. Punishment normally creates a
negative perspective in their life, making them have a low opinion on life and living a better life.
Treatment programs may end up transforming the life of a juvenile positively and therefore lead
to positive changes (Tsui, 2014).
In punishment, there are different penalties. Some penalties may be more serious than
others, mostly; people punished with less serious penalties may end up repeating the same crime
after the punishment is over. On the other hand, juveniles are likely to change their characters and
behaviors positively. Therefore, treatment adds value to the...

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