The Juvenile Justice System Assignment 2
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If you are seeking college credit for this course, you must submit two written assignments and pass the proctored final exam. You must submit your written assignments
before registering for the final exam. Below you will find prompts and instructions for submitting your case brief
About this Assignment
This assignment will assess the following course objectives:
Explain the scope and nature of juvenile delinquency.
Analyze biological, psychological and sociological theoretical explanations for juvenile crimes.
Assess the influence of gender, family, and social forces on juvenile behavior.
Evaluate the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system in preventing crime and rehabilitating offenders.
For this assignment, you will write a 2,000 word case study that analyzes the scope, causes,
and effectiveness of the juvenile justice system with respect to a particular type of crime commonly
committed by juveniles.
To begin, you must identify a type of crime commonly committed by juveniles. Perform research on
the scope of juvenile crime and the types of crimes that juveniles commonly commit (assault,
breaking and entering, drug possession, drug sales, robbery, vandalism, larceny, etc.). Identify and
analyze five different theories, influences, and/or social forces that are common root causes or
contributing factors to juveniles committing the type of crime that you’ve chosen. Provide a well reasoned
evaluation of the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system in deterring crime,
rehabilitating offenders, and providing relief to the victims of the crime addressed in the case
study. Conclude the case study with three recommendations for improving the juvenile justice
The case study assignment should contain the following sections:
Introduction (including a thesis statement)
Identify a type of crime commonly committed by juveniles and explain why you selected this crime
for the assignment. Describe the basic elements of the crime. Explain the scope of juvenile offenders
for this type of crime, and identify the impact that this crime has on communities.
Root Causes and Contributing Factors
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Identify and analyze five different theories, influences, and/or social forces that are common root
causes or contributing factors to juveniles committing the type of crime that you’ve chosen.
Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Juvenile Justice System
Evaluate the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system in deterring crime, rehabilitating offenders,
and providing relief to the victims of the juvenile crime addressed in the case study. Discuss
recidivism rates of juveniles and factors that contribute to re-oending.
Recommendations for Improvement
Based on your research and analysis, make three recommendations for improvement in the juvenile
justice system. Explain the basis for your recommendations and support them with research and/or
Formatting & Sources
Please write your paper in the APA format. As part of your research, you may refer to the course
material for supporting evidence, but you must also use at least four credible, outside sources
and cite them using APA format as well. Please include a mix of both primary and secondary
sources, with at least one source from a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. If you use any Study.com
lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA (including the lesson title and instructor’s name).
Primary sources are first-hand accounts such as interviews, advertisements, speeches, company
documents, statements, and press releases published by the company in question.
Secondary sources come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, such as the Journal of Management. You
may use like JSTOR, Google Scholar, and Social Science Research Network to find articles from these
journals. Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu, or .org in the domain.
(Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.)
If you’re unsure about how to use APA format for your paper and sources, please see the following
What is APA Format? Definition & Style
How To Format APA Citations
Grading Rubric for The Juvenile Justice System Assignment 2
Your essay will be graded based on the following rubric:
|Category||Unacceptable (0-1)||Needs Improvement (2-3)||Good (4)||Excellent (5)||Total Possible Points|
|Thesis (x3)||Essay has no clear flow of content and does not address the assignment.||Essay has incomplete or ill-defined thesis, and does not completely address the assignment. Content sometimes strays from the assigned topic.||Essay has thesis that addresses assignment. Some parts of essay could have more thoroughly supported thesis.||Essay has clear thesis that thoroughly and insightfully addresses all aspects of the assignment. All parts of the essay support the thesis and clearly and accurately make case.||15|
|Organization (x3)||There is no apparent organization to the essay. It shows some coherence but ideas lack unity.||There is some level of organization though digressions, ambiguities, irrelevance are too many. Transition evident but not used throughout essay.||Essay is coherent and logically organized with transitions used between ideas and paragraphs to create coherence. Overall unity of ideas is present.||Essay shows high degree of attention to logic and reasoning of points. Unity clearly leads the reader to the conclusion and stirs thought regarding the topic.||15|
|Content (x3)||Essay lacks evidence of critical thinking. Uses superficial, simplistic, or irrelevant reasons and unjustifiable claims. Makes illogical, inconsistent inference.||Essay is primarily opinion without valid support. Little critical thinking is evident. Follows existing evidence to obtain conclusions.||Ideas are logical and reasoned, but demonstrate lesser degree of originality. Follows evidence and reason lead to obtain justifiable, logical conclusion.||Writer develops logical and reasoned independent ideas that go beyond predictable outcomes or the conclusions of researched materials. Follows where evidence and reason lead in order to obtain defensible, thoughtful, logical conclusions or solutions.||15|
|Grammar & Mechanics(x2)||Sentences are unclear and many grammatical errors in structure make essay virtually unreadable. Spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and vocabulary usage contain major flaws that impede readability.||Most spelling, punctuation, and grammar correct allowing reader to progress through essay. Some errors remain.||Essay has few spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors allowing reader to follow ideas clearly. Very few fragments or run-ons.||Essay is free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors; absent of fragments, comma splices, and run-ons.||5|
The Juvenile Justice System Assignment 2