Assignment 2: LASA 1: Centervale’s Delinquency Prevention Program
Here’s What Happened . . .
Recently juvenile delinquency has become a hot topic in the city of Centervale. Compared to last year, official data indicates an increase in status offenses, especially truancy and curfew. Additionally, the Centervale police department reports a consistent three-year increase in minor arrests for larceny, vandalism, assault, and unlawful entry. It appears that incidents involving female juveniles are rapidly increasing while there is a steady increase in male juvenile related incidents.
Anecdotally, the general sentiment of Centervale citizens is that children are out of control. The local newspaper regularly receives letters to the editor complaining about juveniles loitering, spraying graffiti, and causing general mischief. Although the city has run a juvenile court, a diversion program, community corrections, and probation for some time, it has never undertaken a program that specifically targets juvenile delinquency prevention.
Feeling pressure from local civic organizations and sensing the frustration of the population in general, the mayor has asked you to devise a realistic and economic program to address Centervale’s juvenile delinquency problem.
Here’s What You Need to Do . . .
Create a Community Initiative Program that will attempt to reduce and prevent juvenile delinquency in Centervale. Using APA in-text citations to cite external sources that link to corresponding references on a separate page, compose your 6–8 page proposal based on the following questions:
LASA 1 Grading Criteria and Rubric
All LASAs in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 200 points. Download the rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.
|Assignment 2 Grading Criteria||
|Selected truancy, larceny or theft, or underage drinking as the program’s focus; selected a target population—individual, family, community, or society—and analyzed why this issue is a problem; and created three goals for the program.||
|Built a foundation of current trends in juvenile justice and juvenile delinquency research to discuss how the goals of the program are consistent, compared similar successful programs, and suggested ways to improve on an area of limitation.||
|Summarized a theory of juvenile delinquency, discussed how it specifically addresses the selected target issue, and critically evaluated the theory and demonstrated how its concepts apply to the program.||
|Described the implementation of the program and any anticipated limitations the program might have.||
|Described how the program might be evaluated and discussed how the program will measure and demonstrate successes.||
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