New York’s Juvenile Justice System

When the department of justice found a tremendous impact on the culture of violence involving teenagers, the reform in New York’s juvenile justice system became an option. The process primarily aims to immediately create changes including the transfer of criminally-involved kids to juvenile detentions and centers. Meaning, these particular kids will end up in solitary confinement with inmates’ ages from 18 to 22. However, some people see the reform as a slow-paced resolution since the policy came too late for the underage kids who are currently waiting for years for their trial.

Juvenile Justice System

However, even though there’s an argument on the new juvenile justice system, some are still in favor of the new law. That’s because, in New York alone, the justice system includes local and state law enforcement where duties and responsibilities in providing security services are achievable. The handling of kids follows significant protocols that supervise their condition. There’s also a successful rehabilitation due to the contribution of probation departments. The role of the department is to address a sizeable juvenile issue involving in a particular community. The division is responsible for keeping children from becoming a criminal and helps them become a productive member of society. The justice system also includes juvenile detention. It keeps children who have committed crimes away from the majority of people. It becomes beneficial for the justice system as prisons represent punishment to those kids who are under conflict with the law. Then there are family courts that decide matters concerning family law. These include the decision of custody of children, the requirement of disciplinary actions, and community services as well.

With all the unseen positive things about the reformed juvenile justice system, it continues to thrive. That’s because they believe that the degree of contact of the youth has with the criminality is often influenced by significant factors. These include the lack of education, emotional and psychological abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, family problems, sociological issues, and a lot more. That’s the reason why there’s a focus on community standards where punishment and rehabilitation cater broad terms to include promotion of health and wellness for the kids who get in conflict with the law.  Aside from that, there also an issued policy for local reporting practices where comparable global information gets gathered. It regulates the system to follow the world standard regarding children punishment and rehabilitation. By this enhancement, the process allows an opportunity to risk potential contribution to the overall justice system.

What Contributes To The Improvement?

New York’s juvenile justice system now focuses on expanding support services as alternatives to placements. The incarceration gets restricted to youth who poses a comprehensible risk to public safety. Though there is still a continued disparity in the race, changes in types of placements become an option. That’s where the reformed juvenile justice system imposed a close to the home initiative. It is the process of putting kids in small, homelike facilities that is close to the community as much as possible. That is to avoid them from isolation and still to allow them to understand their roles for society. This evolution in addressing criminal youth liabilities, detention went down, and community involvement went up.

The Recommendations

New York’s juvenile justice system knows that their policy is not at all stable. There are still loopholes to what they are currently doing. These include the continuous involvement of children in drug-related cases. Therefore, some things require consideration. The idea that needs modification is perhaps the limitation of eligibility for correctional placements. That instead of investing in creating incarceration facilities, the system should look for alternatives that allow youth to participate in societal issues. Of course, there should be an imposed best practice on proper handling and supervision of delinquents as well. And also include the establishment of a small, treatment-oriented facility for those juveniles who are under the influence of drugs.

The changes in the juvenile justice system in New York alone show a tremendous impact on the rest of the states of the US. Yes, some people may agree, and some may not be in favor of some punishments and rehabilitation procedures, and that’s okay. That’s because the system believes that they will never know how to address the youth issue if they do not act on it little by little.…

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Too Late For Regrets

(A Teen’s Realization on Peer Pressure and Making the Right Decisions)

Maureen and Marina are twins and they’ve been each other’s rock ever since they were born. The pair were inseparable up until high school when Maureen met a transferee named Dina. At one look, you’d never anticipate that Dina was trouble. She seemed innocent and was in fact very respectful to Maureen and Marina’s parents whenever she was at their home.


When the two became close, they went to parties and did some stuff – drinking, smoking, and some marijuana. Marina was always shut out because she wouldn’t join them and that’s how Dina liked it. If she can’t control her friend, she’d dump her. Maureen eventually chose Dina over her twin because Dina was a lot of fun to be with. Marina had to beg her sister to stay away from Dina but to no avail.


Peer pressure kicks in

Dina was sexually active and she decided it was time for Maureen to “belong” to the group. She pressured Maureen into seeing and giving in to this guy named Kip who was a chain smoker and a marijuana addict. In short, Maureen surrendered her virginity to Kip and a month later, her menses didn’t arrive as scheduled. Maureen got pregnant, but she didn’t know she was pregnant right away. She continued with her drinking, smoking and pot sessions which resulted in a complicated pregnancy.


Consequences of giving in to peer pressure


Maureen and Marina are 28 years old now and they lead very different lives. Marina is still unmarried and is beginning her career as a dental practitioner. You could say that Marina chose to stay away from vices like smoking, drinking, and drugs while she pursued a medical course which is dentistry. She thought of her future first and fun was limited to clean enjoyment. It wasn’t a boring life for Marina. She too experienced boys and parties, but she always had a dream – I want to live a comfortable life after I graduate from high school.


Marina envisioned herself to have her own house, fully paid car, a long-term successful career and eventually, a family. A husband who is equally professional with two kids; Marina dreamed for this and it was her driving force back then.


Maureen wasn’t as lucky as Marina and that was because of her choice – that one wrong move of giving in to peer pressure. She stopped high school the year she got pregnant and was only able to finish two years after that. Maureen’s baby had a heart condition because of her smoking and drug use. She wasn’t also able to proceed to college like Marina. Maureen had to take care of her child and do vocational courses on the side.


Regrets too late…


If you ask Maureen, she will tell you that her biggest regret was choosing to give in to peer pressure. Now that she is mature, she understands that it was her mistake all along. If she had said no to smoking, drinking and drugs like what Marina did, her life would have been different. Having the baby was not a mistake for her, but she feels awful all the time that she has to work many jobs just to support her disabled child. Her money is not enough and her time is very little. Maureen is always torn between the many things to do and her life is truly stressful.


Online Therapy


Marina, being single and who has achieved most of her dreams in life by the time she was 26, assisted her sister. First, she asked Maureen to speak with a therapist from this site. Maureen had to gain back her self-worth so she can fight her inner demons (depression and anxiety) and move on with her life.


Moving on with life

Speaking with a therapist has made Maureen a well-rounded person. She was able to forgive herself and has been very positive about life since then. While she works days, at nights Maureen goes to school and wants to finish a Family Counseling course. She aims to become a counselor someday. It has always been of interest to her and hopefully, she’ll be able to regain her life.

No one must suffer from past mistakes and the only way to go is onwards for the better, as Marina would say.…

Peer Pressure And Social Media


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Below are a few lasting effects of suffering in silence when being bullied:…

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Difference Between Positive and Negative Peer Pressure


Peer pressure refers to when an individual is influenced by his peers, usually in a group of young individuals. Parents are often concerned about the social circle of their kids since peer pressure plays an important part in their children’s lives. Peer pressure falls into two categories – positive and negative. Given below are the differences between the two categories and how negative peers can pressure and bully an individual who is supposedly their “friend”:…