Want to Ask the Nation a Couple of Questions?

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The A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research at Kennesaw State University in Georgia has invited the JJIE to submit two questions about juvenile justice for a nationwide poll.

Here’s a chance to measure the public’s opinion on any number of important matters impacting our youth today, from program funding, to crime, to education.

It’s a big issue, juvenile justice, too big to be covered in two questions.

So we’re forced to whittle it down.

Are you interested in helping? Want to formulate a question for possible inclusion in the poll? If so, let us know on Facebook,  Twitter or email us at jjieeditor@gmail.com.  You can also leave us a comment below.

Try to keep it short. If, for example, you are interested in knowing the nation’s mood when it comes to charging children as adults and their chances for parole, try asking, “Should all juveniles who are sentenced as adults have a chance at parole sometime in their life?”

We are fortunate to have Burruss as a partner in this effort. The folks there are professionals at this, so they will help word the questions in a way that the respondents will clearly understand. The Institute is also familiar with our kind of organization and our needs. After all, the mission of Burruss is to, “enhance the ability of governmental agencies and non-profit organizations to make informed decisions for the public good by providing relevant data, technical resources and skill development.”

As soon as Burruss gets the results in we’ll report them here at JJIE.org.



9 thoughts on “Want to Ask the Nation a Couple of Questions?

  1. There are so many able bodied citizen’s in our country that because of their criminal backround, can not get ample employment. If you sentence children to prison time, not only will they be further damaged and victimized by adults, but they will also face a uncertain future of poverty and unemployment which most often leads to a path back to prison. I believe education should be manditory for all children, incarcerated or not. I believe parenting should be manditory, and too many parents are given the option of giving up. A little dedication goes a long way. If we dedicate our selves to creating a better future, we will see clearly it starts with the children.

  2. What is the primary causation to offending:
    a) Poverty
    B) Racisim
    C) Personal choice of offender

    • Poverty,unemployment,poor parenting and lack of education and resources.

  3. 1) The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was ratified by every nation except for the United States and Somalia. It prohibits the punishment of life without the possibility of parole for crimes committed by minors. Should the United States ratify the CRC and/or comply with this provision?

    2) What sort of educational facilities/opportunities should be provided to incarcerated juveniles?

    • if you put a child of 15 years of age in prison for ten years then you should have to give them the chance at least for a real education they need to atleast be prepared for the future so when they get out they have a start at a new life

      • Duel diagnoses treatment and a GOOD complete and comprehensive Mental Heath assessment.

        Mental heath professionals that address the entire (whole) child or youth and who understands the significance of the determination of axis codes especially the level of sequence.

        pertaining to special Ed that states “where ever a child head lies on the pillow” will drive what district or county or state is responsible for the child special ed needs. Missis the childs opportunity to be recognized for any services while transitioning in and out of systems.

  4. What do you feel is the most effective approach in addressing juvenile delinquency-
    punishment or treatment?

    • not to put them in prison with grown men there minds do not know how to process the law the punishment and how to fill safe around trully grown men and the trully bad men

      • Agreed Sharon.

        I think it is vitally important to determine what the average citizen’s core thinking towards juvenile delinquency really represents.
        That will help us shape/frame a message that can influence substantive support for evidence-based interventions and positive change to current juvenile justice practice.