Rehabilitation and Retribution
Social responses to juvenile delinquency depend on four variables: the state and jurisdiction in which the offense was committed; the types of programs that are available; the laws affecting juvenile offenders; and the decisions made at intake by the court workers and family court judges. This chapter provides an overview of the judicial/legal responses to juvenile delinquency. It discusses the basic process of the juvenile justice system and the psychological interventions that have been developed to modify delinquent behavior in adolescents. The purpose of the juvenile court is rehabilitation, not punishment. Even though many treatment protocols were designed for modifying the behavior of delinquents, only a few of them were highly effective.
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