CJA 314 Week 4 Individual Assignment Personal Application of Criminology Paper
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Personal Application of Criminology Paper CJA 314 Personal Application of Criminology Paper When we are younger there are all kinds of trouble and situations we can get ourselves into. I believe a lot of this mischief is good for people. It gives them situations to learn from and mistakes to see what they should do differently. I believe that the teenage years are a critical time for an adolescent to figure out who they are and what they want to stand for in life. During this time there are many adolescents who are starting to make a life for themselves by participating in illegal activities, yet they will try to reason it away believing it is just an experimental phase. I believe this is when parents, teachers, and criminal justice officials need to have the knowledge to know what is experimenting and what is turning into a life of crime. I believe it is our responsibility to intervene in these young people’s lives. In regards to being the parent of a 16year old boy in this situation, coming home and finding the door ajar, then walking in and seeing the friend looking through my kitchen cabinets with my jewelry laid out on the counter. The boy smelling of marijuana would let me know that he is high. The assignment says that in this scenario I would tell the boy to leave and he immediately does. In this type of situation, I would use my knowledge from the criminal justice system and my experience from growing up myself in figuring out how I would proceed. Being a mother myself and growing up to these types of situations, I would handle matters differently and would want to talk to my son. I would want to find out what he knows about this boy and where he was at while this was going on. I would want to know if this was a onetime incident or if this boy has a history of stealing and using marijuana. Then I would proceed in calling the boy’s parents. They have a right to know what their son was doing and to be aware of his activities. I would call the cops to report this incident, but whether I would want to press charges or not would depend directly on the response I got from the parents. Usually it would be obvious whether this type of behavior was a problem that has been occurring lately, or if this was a onetime situation that would shock them. I would get a feel from them whether they would handle this the way it needed to be handled, or if they would just brush it off like they didn’t have time to mess with it. I believe that this type of situation will either stop or will escalate depending on what type of home life this boy lives in. If poor parental supervision and inconsistent discipline are causes of delinquency, it is plausible that familybased prevention should succeed in reducing offending. If in fact, the child comes from a home where it is evident there isn’t much parental supervision, I would proceed by calling the police and possibly pressing charges. I believe it is most effective for a child to be handled at home by their parents, but with the different ways parents raise their children nowadays, I don’t always feel that parents are doing the best they can do in raising and disciplining their children. I would want the police to have a record of this incident anyway, regardless of what the outcome would be. There may have been other incidences of robberies in the neighborhood and this may be the boy they’re looking for. I would choose not to press charges if the boy wanted to apologize to me and assure me that this would not happen again. I believe that having a police present and letting the boy know what could happen if I did choose to press charges could make a stronger impact on him than if the police wasn’t there. I believe that this really does show the child what danger could happen and the mercy that someone could show if they truly were sorry for what they had done. “The leading sociological theories focus on the immediate social environment, like the family, peer group, and school (Crime Causation, 2010).” Families that are high in disruption, such as divorced parents and singleparent households, as well as families that move around a lot and live in economically deprived neighborhoods are much more likely to commit crime than others who are not in the same situation. It would be hard to tell a lot about this boy’s home life unless I was able to talk to his mother or father about it. Due to experience, I would have a pretty good idea after talking to the parent or parents what type of household it was, and if I felt there was a chance at all for the boy to learn from this situation and allow it to be a lesson I would proceed that way and let the parents punish him however they saw fit. If it was going to be ignored at home, I would want a police officer to take a report of the situation and be aware of what had happened in case future incidences were to happen also. I would want to make sure the parents knew that their son had smelled of marijuana. This would also be an issue between me and my son. I would want to know if my son was associating with people who were using drugs and talk to him about that. I would want to trust my son, but due to experience, if something like this were to happen I would have to believe my son was not totally innocent as well. How did the friend know where we lived? How did he know that no one was home? How did he know where my jewelry was? While my son might not have been aware that his friend was going to do this, is he aware of his using marijuana? Do they smoke it together and that is how they became friends? I would want to pay more attention to my son and the friends that he was associating with after this incident and make sure that I knew his friends well enough. This would be kind of like a wakeup call situation for me and it would make me reflect on my own parenting skills and how well I was monitoring my children and their activities. I believe the attachment theory would hold true to this situation, in that successful development and secure attachment between a child and his or her primary caregiver provides the basic foundation for all future psychological development. I believe that if the boy had a good relationship or attachment to his mother or father, chances are that this behavior would not have happened. It would be fairly accurate to say that the boy probably does not have a very good relationship with his parents. It is possible for a situation like this to happen one time only, but my gut instinct would tell me that this isn’t the first time this has happened and that this boy is probably toying around with some illegal activity. I don’t believe someone would have the guts to break into a house with no one home unless they have experimented around with other situations like it. This is a serious offense that someone would usually have to work their way up to. I would not believe that he only did it because he was high on marijuana. While marijuana will impair a person, it would not make them do something of that nature that they have not already done before. At most, it would relax the person enough to feel confident to continue doing it. Marijuana does not change who a person is and it is a completely different issue than just breaking into my house. While many teenagers will toy around with bad behavior or experiment with breaking the rules, the severity of the crime should be considered when deciding if this is a onetime learning lesson or whether the child may have criminal tendencies that they are working on. Breaking into someone’s home is a pretty serious offense that would indicate this is not the first time the child has done this or committed an illegal act. Any time drugs seem to be involved raises even more question about the potential continuance of the behavior. Often times with drugs comes addiction problems and the need to get money to support the habit. This usually begins with stealing and finding the money by committing crimes. As an adolescent if this behavior is interfered with and stopped soon I believe the child can have a chance at being rehabilitated and being put back on the right track. However, if this behavior is ignored and continues to go unpunished chances are that this child will continue living a life of crime because he will believe that he won’t ever get caught and the risks will be worth it. References Crime Causation. (2010). Retrieved June 20, 2011, from http://law.jrank.org/pages/818/Crime CausationSociologicalTheoriesSocialdisorganizationtheory.html
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