Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2024-06-04 07:22:08



Honors Course

Psych 498

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2024


The current punishment-based system has not led to promising recidivism rates showing the lack of effect it has on changing behavior. By working to understand the effect interventions can have on reducing recidivism, society can improve the criminal justice system. The intention of this paper is to show the benefits of moving to a system focused on rehabilitation instead of punishment, specifically for juvenile offenders. By conducting a literature review of available research, it can be seen that an incarceration-based system is not as effective as the implementation of intervention and prevention methods can be. Cognitive behavioral therapy and community-based programs have been observed to be the most effective of these programs at this time. With more work to change the system and the improvement of the implementation of these programs recidivism rates for juveniles could decrease from the current incarceration-based system.

Research Sponsor

Charles Waehler

First Reader

Shannon Zentall

Second Reader

Insun Park

Honors Faculty Advisor

Charles Waehler

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