Juvenile Justice

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Juvenile Delinquents and Treatment Models
Mark Roggeman
Colorado Christian University

Juvenile Delinquents and Treatment Models Among those who work in the juvenile justice system there is much discussion on how to effectively determine the appropriate consequences and or treatment for their actions. There are those who believe in punishment that includes incarceration and boot camp and there are those who believe in treatment programs with the goal of rehabilitation. There are various treatment models in place that are designed to address the problems in a youth’s life that may contribute to the causes that influenced them to commit crime. An assessment of the resources that are in
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Charles Colson who was sentenced to federal prison for his part in the Watergate break-in knows what restoration is about. In his book, Justice that Restores he shows the biblical worldview meaning of this in saying: “we realize that crime and social pathologies will never be eliminated. But Christians believe that individuals and cultures can be redeemed, that individuals who break both the law and the community’s peace can be restored.” (p.113) This model has had great results and it will continue to be used for those offenders it is best suited for. The Justice Model is believed by some to be the answer but it limits the discretion granted to juvenile justice practitioners in recommending treatment programs. (Bartollas, 2014) quote David Fogel: “who believes the offenders are volitional and responsible human beings and deserve to be punished if they violate the law. The punishment must be proportionate to the crime.” (p.18) This model would be better used for the repeat offender of serious crimes and for violent crimes especially those that involved a homicide. It also decriminalizes status offenses that hinder a juvenile from getting treatment before they commit a criminal offense. There would not be a chance for the court to act on the advice of the juvenile practitioners that could have sent them to treatment. The justice model (Bartollas, 2014) “does require restitution and community


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