Date of Award

Spring 2002

Document Type



Sociology & Anthropology

First Advisor

Fr. Jeremiah Lowney

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Chute

Third Advisor

Lauri Fahlberg


Although overall crime and juvenile violent crime has been decreasing, juvenile delinquency is still perceived as a problem. The causes and vehicles of preventing and treating this societal problem have occupied the minds of many authorities and sociologists alike. Focusing on the treatment and prevention of future delinquency is the issue this paper will address. There are three fundamental proposals in treating juvenile delinquents: 1) incarceration, 2) treatment programs, and 3) community-based intervention. Each will be discussed in the following pages.