An increasing number of legislators are becoming aware that the bulk of the offender population does not belong in an institution. Programs designed to change society are complex and costly, and the results can be observed only after a long process. Yet these programs appear to be more effective than individual treatment; which have failed to reduce delinquency.
People expect the system to reduce juvenile crime. However, no policy has been able to achieve this. The philosophic context has to be changed: change the juvenile into a low risk group.
Solving the problems cannot be accomplished unless we change the larger social conditions that created the problem originally. Children learn what they live and become what they experience. Good parents need skills because love is not enough. But meantime policies need to be chosen on the basis of their performance. Delinquent behavior is the result of our own choices. The road to hell is paved with good intentions but no one wants to believe that theirs have produced hellish results.

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