CRJS315 IP2

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There are several theories that explain why juveniles become delinquent. Some of the sociological theories include anomie, social disorganization, drift theory, and differential association theory. Locate a sociological theory (it does not have to be one of the theories listed previously), and explain that theory with its relation to juvenile delinquency. Please note that sociological theories relate to society and external influences over a juvenile, not psychological influences (which relate to internalization within a person) or biological influences (which concern physical problems). You are a sociologist, and you are noticing that the juveniles in your area are starting to cause legal problems and are beginning to overload the juvenile court system. • Once you decide on the theory, describe how it relates to juveniles by explaining what the theory believes causes the juvenile problems. • Explain what you could do in your position to aid in alleviating these problems.

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CRJS315-IP2NameClassDateProfessorCRJS315-IP2 Juvenile delinquents are youths that engage in criminal behavior but because they are not adults they are not yet considered criminals. There are however cases where the juvenile is tried as an adult for their offense and considered a criminal. There are many different reasons why a juvenile commits delinquent acts just as in the adult offender from the social environment of the juvenile to potential biological or psychological causes. Juveniles commit crimes when they come from a troubled family background or are heavily influenced by their peers but juveniles can also commit delinquent acts due to their social environment. Because of the many potential causes of juvenile delinquency there have been many different theories applied. In order to develop effective responses or to design effective prevention measures the causes of juvenile delinquency must first be heard. Theories that have been applied to juvenile delinquency causation include the labeling theory that finds crimes are committed when an individual in society becomes labeled by society or the anomie theory which finds strain results in delinquent behavior but despite the many theories applied to delinquency one is the most fitting. The social learning theory best explain juvenile crime not just for the urban juvenile but for all juveniles. Every juvenile learns from the environment in which they are raised and are influenced by

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