Alternatives to Incarceration


A recent study illustrates that nearly two (2) million juveniles are  processed through juvenile courts across the United States each year.  Depending on the nature of the crime, juveniles may face detention or  incarceration if they are convicted. Given the fact that many courts are  reluctant to incarcerate criminal offenders, judges often consider  alternatives to incarceration. The driving force behind these  alternatives is to save taxpayer money yet still demand offender  accountability and impose sanctions for criminal behavior. 

Use  the Internet or Strayer databases to research the use of sanctions other  than incarceration or detention for juvenile offenders. 

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

  1. Examine  the underlying historical and economic reasons behind the quest for  alternatives to incarcerating offenders in jails and prisons.
  2. Describe  three (3) alternatives to incarceration that juvenile courts currently  use. Provide examples of such alternatives in practice to support the  response.
  3. Discuss the significant societal and individual  benefits of imposing sanctions or punishments that do not involve  removing an offender from his / her family or community.
  4. Use at least three (3) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.  

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be  typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with  one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA  or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional  instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the  assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title,  and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in  the required assignment page length.

The specific learning outcomes associated with this assignment are: 

  • Explain how delinquents have been handled throughout history.
  • Contrast the differences between the juvenile and adult justice system in the United States.
  • Identify  successful evidence-based treatment modalities for juvenile delinquents  and be able to describe the ingredients of effective programs.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in juvenile delinquency and justice.
  • Write clearly and concisely about juvenile delinquency and justice using proper writing mechanics

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