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Juvenile Detention Centers
The juvenile detention centers are part of the youth courts in the sense that they are maximum security facilities which are designed to house juveniles who are in need of being detained in a restrictive environment. They can be young people who have been adjudicated delinquent or are alleged to be delinquent. In the detention centers, a number of programs are scheduled for the youth which educates them and helps them express their feelings. It involves tutorial services, religious services, recreational activities and counseling to help the young person.
Juvenile law basically deals with law that governs the actions and well being of people under the age of 18. If a person who commits an offense is not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts, juvenile law kicks in. It has authority of juveniles accused of criminal conduct, juveniles neglected or abused by parents and who are in need of assistance from the state and juveniles accused of a status offense. This involves absence from school, running away from home, disobedience and purchase of alcohol and tobacco. Juvenile law works according to the premise that the young people are different from adults in level of responsibility and potential for rehabilitation.
Juvenile Rehabilitation Programs
Commonly, criminals or people who commit crimes are products of upbringing. Young people who are not taught properly about wrong or right by parents or guardians tend to become juvenile delinquents and if this issue is not address, they can grow up to be criminals. Juvenile rehabilitation programs exist for this reason of nipping it in the bud. It aims to rehabilitate the child and correct misdemeanor tendencies so they don’t grow to be threats to the society. The young people get to take part in personality improvement schemes, recreational activities and other methods to effect a transformation of the offenders.