Like parole officers, juvenile justice counselors or juvenile delinquency counselors are often severely overburdened, making it difficult for them to do their jobs as effectively as they or society would like.
Prisons and juvenile detention centers are overcrowded, to say the least. In some jurisdictions, judges are told exactly how many spaces are available in area correctional facilities in a given trial period.
As a result of this overcrowding, many offenders are placed into the system, so to speak, and made the responsibility of a counselor or other court-related officer.
Budget cutbacks reduce the number of counselors available, further exacerbating the problem.
Put simply, the more cases a counselor has, the less likely he or she is to have the time truly necessary to make a difference in a child's life.