Social Disorganization and Juvenile Delinquency




Martinez, Kelly

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Social disorganization has become a rippling effect within the criminal justice system. The lack of neighborhood efficacy is what causes a disruption within a community and increases a teenager's likelihood of becoming a juvenile delinquent. Nonetheless, there are family values within homes that affect a child’s behavior and later on affect the community's ambiance. This research will examine scientific studies and literatures that explore the exposure of social disorganization towards children, and how family values that are taught to children at home affect the neighborhoods children, and how it increases a disorganization. A lot of children who live in disorganized neighborhoods have parents who grew up in similar situations. One of the parents of the child has been or is most likely in a criminal justice institution. The results of the research may show the need to reparent parents and how the actions they were taught as children is going to continue an endless cycle of juvenile delinquents that originates from “The Code of The Streets” by Elijah Anderson.


Video of Presentation of research conducted for 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium


Neighborhood efficacy, communities, Juvenile delinquency, Social disorganization, Code of the street, Disruption, criminal justice