Focus Group Analysis Focus Group Analysis

In view of the presentation that was compiled, the focus group outlined several thematic aspects that relate to attitudes towards young offenders. First was the perception of young offenders as criminals. This means that once they offend in any way, they are no longer perceived in any positive ways. Perceptions related to criminals including the notions that they are all bad, they are petty criminals, engage in property damage and rioting are directed to them.
The second theme was on the management of young offenders. During the discussions, it was noted that intent plays a big role in discrimination. The prison system subjects them to further stereotypes and discrimination. The discussion explored possibilities of restorative and postorative justice plus the possibility of other opinions. Reasons for imprisonment are based on attitudes rather than facts because they are perceived as goons when they riot and are therefore they get arrested. The conditions in prisons do not breed better individuals but worse ones due to the prevailing conditions there.
The next theme lies in the attitudes of people towards young offenders. They are perceived as untrustworthy and unemployable by employers, that they belong to prison, do not deserve any benefits, are lazy, rigid to change, disrespectful, belong to gangs, abuse alcohol and drugs, apathetic, unmotivated, thick and many more negative perceptions. The last several themes touched on the help accorded to the young offenders. It was noted that prison seems to be the most readily available option that the education system does not seem to address their needs and they have not been accorded adequate housing.
The presentation targets the general population which harbors most of the negative perceptions about young offenders. It also targets judges because they make the pertinent decisions that could keep young offenders in jail or not. It targets policy formulators who come up with laws and have the ability to reconstitute laws that pertain to the punishment of young offenders. The perceptions noted above could be changed through the persuasive piece in a number of ways. The presentation highlights the challenges that predispose young offenders to offending and thus they ought not to be blamed for all that they do. It also makes it clear that the prison system is not good for behavioral change but only aggravates their situations.
The audience is given the chance to see that there are alternatives to prison sentences which do not seem to work that the prison statistics are not god for the children or the economy that children are suffering in prisons as depicted in the photos due to the confinement and that the children lead poor lives inside prisons.