Delinquent Deterrence

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Delinquent Deterrence
When it comes down to deterring delinquency the saying “Bark is bigger than their bite.” I say this because in today’s society young people are not easily deterred from doing bad things by just the fear of punishment. That just makes them want to do it to see if they can get away with the crime. In the world of crimes and punishments’ the whole idea is that if one person gets punished for a crime that it should deter others from committing the crime. If this is the case then it is not working because we still have robbers, gangs, shootings, etc. Providing examples for each of these would be as follows. General Deterrence
Our reading states that “The general deterrence concept holds that the choice to commit delinquent acts can be controlled by the threat of punishment” (2005 Wadsworth, pg. 53). A good example of this would be to have more police officers on a force so that way they are seen all over the place and with more police officers the young people might think they may get caught. Specific Deterrence
Specific Deterrence, according to the concept “If young offenders are punished severely the experience will convince them not to repeat their illegal acts” (2005 Wadsworth pg. 56). They have programs for young offenders so I would have to say that would be a good example for specific deterrence is put the young offender in a program. Situational Crime Prevention Strategies
The rational decision that their illegal activities are risky and the gain of the crime is minimal and the opportunity for them to succeed is limited then they would not commit the crime. This is also known as Situational Crime Prevention. The best example is what you see on the news and…...

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