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examples of how components of the juvenile justice system do not appear to be meeting their goals.

  • In 1974, Robert Martinson published a study on the effectiveness of juvenile sentencing, “Effectiveness of Correctional Treatment: A Survey of Treatment Evaluation Studies.” Martinson’s ultimate and famous conclusion from his study was that “nothing works.” Do you think this conclusion holds true today for juvenile corrections and dispositions? Why?
  • Do you support juvenile waiver laws, or do you favor their abolishment? Support your stand with examples, events, and theoretical perspectives.
  • According to OJJDP, 60 percent of all adolescents who become part of the juvenile justice system before they are 11 years old are likely to commit a violent crime by the time they are 16. Do you think this is because our juvenile justice system is more aligned toward punishment than rehabilitation? Why?
  • Do you think promoting delinquency prevention is the best way to deal with juvenile delinquency? Why?

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