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Addressing Juvenile Delinquency: A Proactive Approach by Governments

By Delwar Jahid

Juvenile delinquency remains a pressing concern globally, prompting governments to devise effective strategies to combat it. Recently, the Cabinet in Bangladesh unveiled crucial measures to tackle this issue, underscoring the gravity of the situation. In an impromptu discussion during a Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Sheik Hasina emphasized the urgency of proactive measures. Deliberations on strategies to address juvenile delinquency were held at the Prime Minister's office, signaling a concerted effort to confront this challenge.

The Cabinet Secretary, entrusted with overseeing these decisions, emphasized the pivotal role of the Home Office in handling juvenile offenders. Directives were issued to ensure a thoughtful and considerate approach to dealing with them. Prime Minister Hasina advocated for a comprehensive strategy beyond punitive actions, emphasizing the integration of counseling and tailored training programs for juvenile offenders.

Drawing from my experience researching and serving as a board member of the John Howard Society of Manitoba, Canada, which has championed restorative justice principles since 2003, I offer insights into effective crime prevention initiatives. The Society is pivotal in promoting initiatives to prevent crime within the province. Through its diverse programs and services, it endeavors to reintegrate individuals into the community, support those affected by crime, and drive systemic change to reduce recidivism. The Society fosters healing, accountability, and reconciliation by facilitating practices such as victim-offender mediation and community reintegration programs. Its proactive approach aligns with Canada's progressive stance on addressing the root causes of crime, emphasizing early intervention, rehabilitation, and community engagement. The Society contributes significantly to creating safer and more inclusive communities through its dedication to restorative justice and crime prevention.

Reflecting on Canada's approach, policymakers recognize the importance of a multi-faceted strategy in creating safer communities. Recent efforts by the Canadian government emphasize preventive measures to combat juvenile delinquency. Prioritizing proactive intervention and rehabilitation over punitive measures alone, Canada aims to address the underlying causes of juvenile delinquency. Initiatives such as counseling, specialized training, and expanded facilities within child development centers underscore a commitment to justice and equity while fostering a safer society for its youth.

Canada's approach involves collaborative efforts among various stakeholders, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, and community leaders. Leveraging collective expertise and resources, Canada aims to build a robust framework for preventing juvenile delinquency and nurturing the potential of its youth.

In contrast to punitive approaches, Canada's strategy focuses on understanding the complex factors contributing to juvenile delinquency and providing support and resources for positive change. Early intervention plays a crucial role, with efforts to identify and address warning signs before serious crimes occur. Counseling, mentoring, and community-based programs are integral components of interventions aimed at steering young offenders toward a path of rehabilitation and integration into society.

In conclusion, while many countries grapple with juvenile delinquency using punitive measures, Canada's approach prioritizes proactive intervention and rehabilitation. This progressive stance underscores a commitment to addressing root causes and fostering positive outcomes for youth and society. Through collaborative efforts and a focus on early intervention, Canada continues to make strides in preventing juvenile delinquency and promoting the well-being of its youth.