There are many diversions, intervention and or prevention programs that help deter juvenile delinquents from committing crimes. In this paper, it will compare two different diversion programs that operate in the state of Michigan that help deter juvenile delinquents from committing crimes, using drugs, and having social problems related with friends and family. It will also compare and discuss the programs major goals, objectives and core beliefs.
The paper will also provide each programs key participants, the services they provide to youths and identify which program is more effective at reducing crime. How the Program Reduces Crime/Goals The first comparing program is the Michigan State Diversion Project Program, which is a behavioral treatment program for juveniles who are or have been arrested. This program uses college students to serve as the caseworkers to help work with the juveniles. The program also uses three themes in program and research and experiences with youth offenders.
The first theme (“Michigan State Diversion Project,” 2010) that is used is that juveniles respond more efficient when they are treated outside of the juvenile justice system. The second theme that is used is that a juvenile’s family and community are the main people to help with interventions. The third theme used is that non-professionals can be more effective and inexpensive than professionals. Key Components/Services The students (caseworkers) are usually juniors and seniors that have had 8 weeks of training in behavioral advocacy and intervention and then they are supervised with the juveniles for 18 weeks.
During the 18 weeks, the students spend 6 to 8 hours a week with the youth in their community, home, and school to be monitored. The program believes that hands on intervention works better than original court proceedings of youth offenders, but only if the juvenile is separated from the juvenile system completely (“Michigan State Diversion Project,” 2010). Reduce Crime The second comparing program in Michigan is called the One Life Juvenile Diversion Program, which was founded in 2003 by a man named Quintin Rogers.
Rogers, a state of Michigan parole officer had a dream of committing to assist youth delinquents who are at risk and having problems in areas such as, self esteem, drug abuse, committing criminal acts, behavioral issues, school (“One Life Juvenile Diversion Program,” 2012) and domestic abuse either at home or with friends. The programs mission is to help delinquent youths develop leadership. The One Life Juvenile Diversion Program is designed to help youths with the process of correcting bad and negative behaviors, criminal activities, and attitudes.
Goals/Services This program is 12 weekend sessions of a boot camp type base, introduction to the youth’s spiritual growth, and counseling. The program offers many services that aim in promoting family and community involvement. They also empower (Champion, D. J. , 2010) the parents or guardian to have control of the household through discipline, mentoring, and motivation. Some services include anger management, tutoring, teen domestic violence, drug abuse counseling, and leadership development.
Many of the participants in One Life are a step away (“One Life Juvenile Diversion Program,” 2012) from the juvenile system themselves. Their goal is to help youths from outcomes such as, repeat criminal encounters, dropouts, short or long-term jail sentences, and death. Their strategy is to catch a juvenile delinquent before they fall. The More Effective Program In my opinion, the second program, which is the One Life Juvenile Diversion Program, is the more effective program to deter juvenile delinquents from committing crimes and starting on a straight path to life as an adult.
I think this because this program is a boot camp type program that is firm and strong with youths that act out for various reasons. The program also provides counseling and strategies to help youths become interactive with their family and friends, which in turn helps them rehabilitate. It also provides services to help the youth get n touch with their inner spiritual self. This programs in my opinion, prevents youths from negative outcomes. Conclusion These programs help prevent juvenile delinquents from committing crimes and carrying a record into their adulthood.
The state of Michigan provides many programs to reach out to teens when they are having issues with their families, friends, and social behaviors. Most of teens criminal behaviors stem from issues they are either having in their family circle, community, or even within themselves, so the rehabilitation from these programs are needed to guide parents and friends the tools to communicate with troubled teens. The programs also provide youths with the tools they need to prevent negative acts from every angle of life.