You are a sociologist, and you notice that the juveniles in your area are starting to cause legal problems and are beginning to overload the juvenile court system. There are several theories that explain why juveniles become delinquent. Some of the sociological theories include anomie, social disorganization, drift theory, and differential association theory. Locate a sociological theory (it does not have to be one of the theories listed previously), and explain that theory with its relation to juvenile delinquency. Please note that sociological theories relate to society and external influences over a juvenile, not psychological influences (which relate to internalization within a person) or biological influences (which concern physical problems).
Write an essay of 800–1,000 words (3–4 pages) in APA format. The first half should define the sociological theory, and the remainder should provide details about alleviating the problem. Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.
While on routine patrol for the Anytown Police Department, you notice a group of what appears to be three underage male teens and one female teen standing along the outside wall of a local convenience store in a poorly lit area. Because it is 1 a.m. in the morning on a Thursday night, which is in violation of your city ordinance regarding curfew, you decide to investigate. When you turn into the driveway of the convenience store, your patrol car headlights illuminate the group of four teens—you notice a cigarette in the hand of the lone female of the group and it appears to you that two of the males are holding beer cans. After asking for identification, you began your investigation and realize that several decisions will have to be made regarding the underage youths. In an APA-formatted paper of 650–800 words, discuss the following: