Social Work Paper on Immigration, Teenagers and Detention

Teenage Detainees

The proposed transfer of juvenile offenders from Rikers prison to Horizon Juvenile center much as law justifies it (Jan & Nikita , 2019), has raised pertinent questions concerning the criminal justice system and government. Why are teenage crime levels on the rise in the cities? What can be done to mediate this scourge? Why substitute schools for jails?

Immigration, legal and illegal have been responsible for some of the worst crimes in society. Crimes manifest themselves in the form of a cycle. Immigrant parents are arrested and incarcerated pending their possible extradition to their country of origin while the children are left desolate under the state. They are moved to child protection services then to foster care. At these facilities these children are exposed to abuse and social filth. Out of desperation and vulnerability they are influenced into crime and prostitution. In this way the cycle of crime and poverty continues. At city penitentiaries and jail facilities; mixing teenage offenders with their adult counterparts gets them influenced into hardcore crimes by the more experienced defendants once they are released to the public. Crime in the cities are a reality, perpetrators include the elderly as well as teenagers. At the helm of crime are the American Americans and Hispanics who are more pre-disposed to commit crimes because of marginalization policies by the government. Increased extra-judicial killings have left families without breadwinners leading the children into crime to make ends meet.

Proposal of the child separation policy by the Trump administration for illegal immigrants will only succeed at increasing civilian populations in the prison. A consultative approach should be sought to mediate the immigration problem for immigrants seeking to share in the American dream. The laws should be more accommodative on the freedoms of immigrants. The Trump administration should move with haste to tackle the real issues belying immigration, as the teenage offenders are more of victims of the system than perpetrators of crime.


Jan , R., & Nikita , S. (2019, 04 04). 7 Key Questions as New York Moves Teenagers Out of        Rikers. The New York Times , 1-7. NewYork: New York Times.