Challenges in the Administration of Juvenile Detention - 1200 words

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You are the superintendent of the Centervale Juvenile Detention Center. Centervale's mayor has been discussing juvenile justice policy with several advisors and has now requested your input. Specifically, the mayor is interested in your thoughts on the various justifications for correction, challenges associated with running a detention center, and steps that might be taken to address those challenges.

Here Is What You Need To Do . . .

Part I (500 words memo)

Using the memo template, prepare a memo to the mayor that examines the following:

The mayor is aware that different rationales for the correction of juveniles exist. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the four primary models of corrections and make an argument for the one that should be utilized at the Centervale Juvenile Detention Center. Indicate which primary model will represent the best interests for the youth and the Centervale community. Compare the selected model to the other three models of corrections, identifying the pros and cons of each. Use examples from empirical research as foundational support for your case.

The mayor has been advised at different points on a number of challenges currently facing juvenile corrections, particularly juvenile detention. Based on your knowledge of detention facilities, identify the single greatest challenge to successfully administering the Centervale Juvenile Detention Center. As superintendent, you have unique insight into the struggles of the administration, staff, and detained youths. Describe and analyze the various challenges and point out one that is the most critical. Using empirical research to identify three or four other challenges, examine and explain the significance of these challenges as they relate to successfully administering the Centervale Juvenile Detention Center

part 2 (750 words)

As the detention center superintendent, you are responsible for choosing from a wide variety of programs and services for implementation within your facility, each with its own goals, processes, and methods. Based on the challenges you outlined in Part I, which program, policies, or initiatives would you select for your detention center? Remember, advocates from multiple programs and initiatives that claim to address the various ills of the justice system routinely approach the mayor touting a particular course of action. As the superintendent, it's your job to educate the mayor on which program best fits the unique challenges of your community.

Using empirical research, identify and analyze several possible initiatives that would best fit the Centervale Juvenile Detention Center, making sure to point out the strengths and weaknesses of each along with your recommendations. Remember, too, that your recommendations must fit within the general tenets of the correctional rationale you selected in Part I for utilization at the detention center. Also, remember to point out how the programs you recommend might affect the community as well as the youths being housed in the detention center.

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Centervale Juvenile Detention Facility
123 Main St., Centervale, US
To:

Centervales Mayor

From: The Superident Centervale juvenile Detention.
Date: 19th October, 2018
Re:

Centervale Juvenile center Addressed

Good morning.
This is a reply to your request for advice regarding the correction we need to make in
Centervale Juvenile Detention Center. I have reviewed all the four models, and this is the
analysis I need to bring to your attention. According to Kiesler, there are four available models
I choose the balanced and restorative justice models (104). My decision was adviced by the
fact that their goal is to first lead the juvenile towards taking the responsibility to the crime
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they enacted. After the child accepts, then they can be rehabilitated and shown the ways to stop
involvement with criminal acts with the fact of what the crime may cost them. This allows the
child to understand their mistakes and change to fit in the community. The reason for this
process is to ensure safety to the members of the community is observed. This is wholesome
compared to Justice Model which emphasizes on punishment and sentencing of the offender
where a juvenile might be lacking exposure to the repercussions of the actions they involve
themselves in. This will surely punish the child, and they will also be held accountable.
The main disadvantage to this is that the child misses the opportunity to rethink of his actions,
but his life is criminalized at this early age. While with the burning pressure in adolescence the
juvenile may find themselves in unrepaired state in the future. Crime control model through
the harsh punishment may result in a total change of the minor due to fear of another significant
sentence. It is as well not suitable since it advocates for severe punishment and does not give
a chance for rehabilitation which could provide a more definitive description of the child. This
does not offer the juvenile a chance to re-correct his actions. Osei states that treatment model
provides psychological physical and social support which are critical to understanding the
primary cause of the actions by the child (38). The only issue lies to the fact that the victim is
allowed back to the society which may be harmful since there is no assurance that the child
has changed.

The primary challenge in administering the centervale juvenile detention center is the age.
Juveniles are considered to be less responsible for their actions since due to age their decisionmaking ability may not be fully informed. The provision advocates for the spiritual, physical,

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social and mental protection of the juvenile since they are still in the development stage. This
might not be available in our facilities making it a completely complicated thing to establish.
Other challenges include diversion where people tend to find different reconciliation ways
outside the court in an attempt to avoid the severe punishment that might result in the child’s
life if proved guilty.
The primary challenge is the significant numbers of the youths involved in criminal offenses
leading to again a considerable number released back to the society before being rehabilitated.
Due to this big number, it becomes a challenge to involve the family in the cases since the
process of identifying the family members becomes a challenge. Implementation of the
community-based program is also a big challenge due to the difficulty of identifying suitable
youths for the program. The level of parental involvement also pauses a problem in enacting
the law.

Regards,
Superintendent.

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Works Cited
Kiesler, Donald J. The process of psychotherapy: Empirical foundations and systems
of analysis. Routledge, 2017.
Osei, Gershon K., Kevin M. Gorey, and Debra M. Hernandez Jozefowicz.
"Delinquency and crime prevention: Overview of research comparing
treatment foster care and group care." Child & Youth Care Forum. Vol. 45.
No. 1. Springer US, 2016.

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Programs to Embark On To Help in Improving the Lives of the Juveniles
This programs requires the support of the Mayor for their success to be realized.
Cognitive behavior interventions can be an instrumental program in the center. Peoples’ behaviors
are determined by the way a person’s thinks and beliefs as well as their living environment. The
program will aim at helping the peers understand some of the unnecessary thinking they involve
in as well as understanding the things that cause the kind of irrational thinking. They will also
receive knowledge on how to be positive and the ways they can positively cope with the society
they are in. In this program, the youths will receive training on new skills and get an opportunity
to teach others how to think positively and how to monitor their thinking (Laudet 95).
The program is divided into two strengthening the thoughts resulting in desirable
behaviors. The second one is the strengthening behavior as a result of a continuous change in
behavior. The main challenge that may face the implementation of the program is the time to learn
since the activities are quite massive while this requires ample time for it to be effective. The staff
also may be a challenge since the team lacks the training. The inadequacy of the trainer means less
achievement. The low number of staff will also be a big challenge. The major advantage of...

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awesome work thanks

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