Summary: Juvenile rehabilitation decreases the insurgence of juvenile offenders as well as adult criminals.
People always link adult offenders to a dark past. They say that criminals have the urge to do their evil ways basically because they were not taught what is proper early on as a child. In fact, research has discovered that the most incorrigible adult criminals were once detained as juveniles. Hence, the reduction of juvenile cases will have a great impact in the number of adult criminals in the society.
Juvenile rehabilitation has often been viewed as a child's prison. However, this is not at all true. Juvenile rehabilitation aims to correct their 'misdemeanor' tendencies so that they may not at as threats to the society. This does not mean locking up these young offenders in cages till they grow halos on their heads, but they are taught to participate in different personality improvement schemes and other worth while programs. There are several juvenile rehabilitation that solicits the participation of the child's parents in the different programs. This is important because instilling of moral values should basically come from the homes. The presence of the parents in the programs would also make it easier for the child to go back to the community as an honest and responsible individual.
Juvenile rehabilitation does not follow a strict list of rules or methods. It is said to be 'an art and not a science'. This means that every juvenile offender is different from one another. They have needs that are as varied as their reasons for misbehaving. This means that what works for one, may not work for the rest of the of kids in incarceration. Juvenile rehabilitation can be likened to shooting hoops. The more shots you take, the more chances you have in getting the ball inside the hoop.
Experts in juvenile rehabilitation believe that an effective transformation of offenders is to start rehabilitating them early on. If you have reached a child early on, there is a greater chance that he will not offend again.
Most of the juveniles that are in incarceration said that the reason for their acts was because they do not feel that they belong or that they feel that they do not matter to anybody unless they are a part of something big. This is why experts believe that the sooner you reach out to the child, the better it is for him. Juvenile rehabilitation should not concentrate on appropriating budget for incarceration. Instead, it should allocate even half of the budget for alternative programs and activities that these kids can indulge in. Through this, there wouldn't be as many youth as there are now who need juvenile rehabilitation.