You are an AIU Online Campus graduate and have started a career with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, which is a part of the Department of Justice. You are a juvenile justice expert, which fits perfectly with your criminal justice degree. You have been assigned to write a paper of 3–4 pages on the following two families and the questions listed below:
The Jukes family and the Kallikak family have been subjects of studies pertaining to the nature versus nurture issue and crime. Current studies have been collected that show that juveniles who are raised in families where family members have been incarcerated have an increased likelihood of following the same path.
You can find information on these 2 families at the following Web sites, but be sure to look at more than just these 2 Web sites:
http://psychology.jrank.org/pages/356/Kallikak-Family.html Kallikak family
http://psychology.jrank.org/pages/351/Jukes-Family.html Jukes family
Are the characteristics of offenders, about which you have read in your textbook and the professor has lectured, carried down through families? These characteristics may include a propensity for violence, a dishonest nature, and so on. Is it nature or nurture? Look at these studies, and describe the characteristics. Try to explain both sides of the issue (both nature and nurture) that bring out the characteristics of people who are more likely to go to jail.
Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.