Pursuing Juvenile Justice through Alternative Sentencing
The pursuit of juvenile justice in the United States has led to a series of judicial reforms regarding the sentencing of minors. In 2005, the Supreme Court banned the death penalty for juvenile offenders. In the 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs, the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional, violating the 8th Amendment. Still, in the United States, there are approximately 2500 prisoners serving sentences of life without parole for homicides committed when the prisoner was under the age of 18, most of whom were sentenced under mandatory sentencing guidelines.
In the face of these persistent realities, there is a need for alternative sentencing options for juveniles in order to promote criminal rehabilitation among the juvenile population. What is rehabilitation in criminal justice? Rehabilitation entails the restoration of an individual back into civil society and to a normal and useful life through programs which operate differently than strictly punitive models. This is especially necessary in the case of juvenile delinquents, who represent the future of our society, as well as especially possible, since juveniles are generally malleable to various social forces.
Many different types of programs for criminal rehabilitation exist, including juvenile rehabilitation programs. Techniques among these programs also vary, while some are more effective to preventing recidivism, or repeat offenses, than others. The best technique for effectively transforming the lives of juveniles toward social productivity is the moral counseling-community service model typified by the criminal rehabilitation programs of Redemption Recovery. The program offered by Redemption Recovery involves individual and group counseling in order to integrate a juvenile criminal back into the social order, while also emphasizing community involvement and service. This sort of alternative sentencing, which involves personal guidance, is far more effective than prison sentences, fines, and probation at preventing recidivism and contributing to the health of society. To find out more about the effectiveness of Redemption Recovery at preventing recidivism, call 1-888-444-8873 or visit www.criminalrehabilitation.com.
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 National Center for Youth Law, “US Supreme Court Bans Mandatory Life Without Parole for Youth,”http://www.youthlaw.org/juvenile_justice/6/us_supreme_court_bans_mandatory_life_without_parole_for_youth/