Although juvenile crime rates have been decreasing rapidly in the last three decades, 2,805 children are still arrested each day in the United States (The State of America’s Children®, 2017). A child should get to grow up feeling safe and secure, with room to grow and develop with the support of their families, schools, and communities. Of those being arrested, they are mostly children of color and those that come from lower income communities. After these youths are incarcerated, they are at risk of physical and psychological abuse, sexual assault, and suicide. They also lack proper educational instruction while in these facilities, which effects their overall growth (The State of America’s Children®, 2017). Juvenile justice is an important topic because it is a problem we have been constantly dealing with. Adolescent crime behavior left untreated can result in more serious crime and antisocial activity.

The graduate capstone project includes the completion of four working papers. All four working papers will inter-related, linked together by the overarching theme discussed above as juvenile justice. The following introduces the topics that each of the four working papers will focus on. It also introduces a few important sources that will be used, and information on the intended data collection methods and analysis.

Publication Date


Document Type

Master's Project

Student Type


Degree Name

Criminal Justice (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Department of Criminal Justice (CLA)


Christopher Schreck


RIT – Main Campus