2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Ideology of the Juvenile Justice System: Analysis of South Africa and USA
Artesia S. Willis
Dr. Elaine McDuff, Faculty Mentor

When comparing and contrasting the reasons why youth become victims of the juvenile justice system within South Africa and the United States one will find many similarities. It is apparent that the rate of youth becoming victims of the legal system has had a major increase over the years. Many say that it is due to poor socialization. However, there are five major issues that make it difficult for youth to adhere to good behavior within their community, causing them to become delinquent and resort to violence including family environment, unemployment rates, drug usage, media display, and lack of education. Thus, I will focus on how these issues effect the youths mind set and their involvement in criminal activity, how these factors contribute to the United States and South Africas juvenile detention rate, and how significant these factors are in the growth and development of youth today.

Keywords: Detention rates, Behavior, South Africa, Violence, Education, Drug usage, Juvenile

Topic(s):Democracy and Human Rights in South Africa

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 56-2
Location: MG 1090
Time: 2:50

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