Press Democrat, GUEST OPINION: Early intervention key to stopping juvenile crime
GUEST OPINION: Early intervention key to stopping juvenile crime
By JO WEBER
Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 4:22 p.m.
In his Nov. 6 Close to Home column (“Looking at reasons for youth crime”), David Sortino raised an important question: What contributes to juvenile crime? He suggested that inadequate moral reasoning by offending juveniles is a primary factor. If only it were that easy.
No single factor is responsible for delinquency and violence by our youth, and we simply cannot effectively help our youth by focusing on one remedial approach, such as moral reasoning.
Research confirms that the majority of first-time offenders are never prosecuted for a second offense. This ability to self-correct their behavior suggests that the majority of first-time offenders actually already have a moral compass from which they have situationally strayed.
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Early intervention key to stopping juvenile crime