Bad boys, bad boys – seriously, what are you gonna do?

Expert says jailing youth makes adult criminals


 

Anyone who has ever attempted to corral a contingent of unruly children will likely concur with the conclusions of Universite de Montreal child development expert Richard Tremblay, who released a study yesterday that found that youth delinquency, like chicken pox, is “contagious.” Tremblay’s findings on the link between “the involvement of youth in the criminal justice system and adult offenders” are based on the results of a 20-year joint research project between UdM and the University of Genoa in Italy. “If you put a bunch of delinquents together, they won’t help each other, they will teach other,” says Tremblay.”They will try to one-up each other.” Like many other academics, Tremblay is “troubled” by the zeal with which the federal government appears to be “toughening up” the youth justice system, and fears that, far from increasing public safety, it will have the opposite effect. He touts prevention programs instead, and suggests that the overall prison population would be “greatly reduced” if “problem cases” were identified early. “Six-year-olds are not making people scared … But that same 6-year-old will some day be 16. Then he will scare us.”

Montreal Gazette


 
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Bad boys, bad boys – seriously, what are you gonna do?

  1. "Six-year-olds are not making people scared…But that same 6 year old will some day be 16. Then he will scare us." __This is why as the author says proactive measures are better than reactive. Teach them in school and even before that at home.__I know the power of restorative processes and if children learnt this at home and at school on how to get along with others and to take ownership of their actions this world will become a much better place. __The current court process is not helping us. By teaching people to plead not guilty, at all costs, on hopes of the Defence Lawyer getting you off is wrong. It is sending the wrong message.__Start teaching restorative processes early and consistantly will go a long way to harmonizing relationships in our communities.

  2. a 20-year joint research project between UdM and the University of Genoa in Italy
    It took them 20 years to figure this one out? If the study was publically funded, & the parties were paid to travel back & forth by the public, that's sad.
    The class system which is still alive & well in many countries,also contributes.
    Look at the gap between the rich & poor. The have nots often quit school early & end up in jail too.
    Look at how stars are paid. Even the royal family -paid for by all – don't really serve any rational purpose; other than to say they are above the masses, by birth rather than merit.
    If that money was directed towards housing them outside of the projects that lump them together as a group of losers, maybe some would ride above that stigma.