How we respond to a “problem”

The belief that youth crime is on the rise – both in volume and severity – has created pressure for governments, communities, and individuals to take action.  But the solutions proposed are always based on specific interpretations of the problem.

For example, if we believe that youth commit crime because they feel they can get away with it, we might respond by creating more severe penalties, such as harsher sentencing.

In contrast, if we believe that youth crime is rooted in social and economic disadvantage, we might decide to invest in social programs or approaches to justice that are not dependent on the courts or prisons.

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