You are basically responding to the student post. Here is a guide if need be with at least a 100-word reply about their Primary Task Response regarding items you found to be compelling and enlightening. To help you with your discussion, please consider the following questions:
- What did you learn from your classmate’s posting?
- What additional questions do you have after reading the posting?
- What clarification do you need regarding the posting?
- What differences or similarities do you see between your posting and other classmates’ postings?
Student paper down below:
When determining whether or not a policy is cost-effective or not, you start with your budget. How much do we have allocated for this specific policy? How much will it cost (in expenses) to implement? Are we willing or able to take a loss in implementing this policy? These are the questions you start with in discussing costs. There are tools available to assist policy makers in comparing options. Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) is an alternative to cost-benefit analysis (CBA). The technique compares the relative costs to the outcomes (effects) of two or more courses of action (Better Evaluation, 2014).
I chose Colorado’s juvenile justice system to analyze. The details of how youths are handled in the state of Colorado are outlined in Article 2, Title 19 of the Colorado Children’s Code (19-2-101 et. Seq., Colorado Revised Statutes) (Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Council, 2015). There are multiple programs in place at the state and local level to manage juvenile delinquency. This exert from the Delinquency Council PDF gives a quick overview of the management process; delinquency services are organized at both the state and local level in Colorado. Local district attorneys’ offices are responsible for juvenile delinquency filings and diversion programming when available. Juvenile probation officers from local probation departments in Colorado’s 22 judicial districts are responsible for predisposition investigation and probation supervision. Chief probation officers in each district answer to that district’s Chief Judge. The Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) is responsible for juvenile detention, state delinquency institutions and juvenile parole (Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Council, 2015). Working in a high school, I have discussed some programs the students are involved in with them. The program that is mentioned the most for violations and management is diversion. Diversion is similar to adult probation; it allows the state or local county to implement a program for youth violators that keeps them out of confinement. An example, one of my students had repeated curfew violations (she is 16), she was placed into the diversion program for 6 months. During the 6 months, she was required to attend classes based on behavioral improvements and awareness. The classes were also educational in they focused on explaining crime rates for different times of the day and how easy it would be for a young person to be caught up in one of those crimes.
Colorado doesn’t specify their policies based on gender. The youth policies are in place and generally males nationwide commit more crimes and account for a higher population in the system.
The word intergenerational or its meaning came up in previous courses. How can we prevent criminal behavior from affecting generation after generation? I’ve also heard it called a generational curse. I think the very step organizations have to take is to recognize the existing shadow that previous generations leave over the youth. If a young man in urban Denver has a father and uncle incarcerated for selling drugs to provide for the family, that young man already sees that way as an option. Education programs at an early age and job placement programs should be included in the funding used to rehabilitate youths. Some of the funding allocated by non-profit organizations to assist with juvenile delinquency should be used towards work study programs as early as 6thgrade. Again, working with the high school students some of their biggest issues start with their families struggling financially. Having programs in place for curfew violators, truancy, and very minor crimes might help those youths avoid moving on to bigger crimes that force them into the adult criminal justice system.