For the writing assignment you can choose one of two topics:
1) Select one theory that you think best able to explain juvenile
delinquency. Begin first by discussing the core tenets of the theory
(i.e., what are the assumptions, the constructs and the propositions).
Then provide support for why you think this theory is best able to
explain crime among juveniles. This might include a discussion on the
correlates of crime, and likely why crime is high in adolescence and
declines in young adulthood. Be sure to support your points with logical
arguments and literature.
2) Trace the history of juvenile delinquency and justice over time.
Beginning with how definitions and roles of “childhood” and
“adolescence” have changed, and what major events led to the
development of the juvenile justice system. Then discuss the key events
and cases that have led to the pendulum of juvenile justice to swing
from being punitive to rehabilitative. Finally, discuss where you think
the juvenile justice system will go in the future. Be sure to support
for points with logical arguments and literature.
Your paper should be eight to ten pages in length, double spaced, use
Times New Roman font, size 12 point, with one-inch margins. I also ask
that you write this assignment as if it is a formal paper. This means
that your paper should have, at minimum, an introduction, a main body,
and a conclusion. This also means that you need to spell correctly and
pay attention to grammar. If you cite or paraphrase any work or ideas
that are not your own CITE and include a reference section, and general
formatting should follow regular academic standards (e.g., APA, MLA or
ASA formats). If you find yourself wondering about any of these issues
please make time to visit the university writing center, look up the
proper way to format or cite on the internet or from a library source,
or ask me for advice on how to handle this.
DO NOT USE A DOUBLE SPACED HEADING. EITHER USE SINGLE SPACING IN THE HEADER
OR POVIDE A COVER PAGE. I WILL DEDUCT POINTS IF YOU DOUBLE SPACE YOUR HEADING