Finally, for the purposes of this research proposal we will refer to a third study that suggests education could be at the heart of reducing juvenile delinquency statistics but the conditions in which the child is raised impacts their ability to choose between right and wrong (Hindelang, 1981).
Method and design
The goal of this study is to add to the literature that demonstrates that there is a correlation between poverty and juvenile delinquency. This researcher will begin by reviewing the available statistics provided by the state judicial system related specifically to the number of juveniles currently incarcerated at state facilities as well as the youths offenses. Once this information has been compiled the next step will be to chart the level of income brought in by the adults within each home as well as to determine if the families live rely on welfare or government assistance for their daily subsistence.
Finally, a survey will be developed and distributed to over a thousand juveniles who have been determined to have been raised in poverty and are currently housed in detention centers asking them to reflect on their delinquent behaviors as an outcry from their living situations. This information will additionally be compiled and examined for correlations between the two factors.
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