Juveniles were responsible for 16% of the violent crimes and 26% of all the property crimes that were on record throughout the United States. The statistic report shows that the arrest rate for juveniles who were charged with murder is at a rate of 3.8 per 100, 000 juveniles that were arrested in 2008.” The increase in drug offenses and simple assaults According to "Juvenile Justice Bulletin" (2008), “The report lists statistics for the juvenile drug abuse violations in 1994, 2007, and 2008. During the different years listed, the drug abuse violations continue to decrease. The report shows that the drug abuse violations resulted in 180,100 juvenile arrests.” “Simple assaults included in the chart were at zero reported; however, looking under the other assaults in the report there were 18% of the arrests reported to be
The government’s most recent drug survey, the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, “over 800,000 adolescents ages 12-17 sold illegal drugs during the previous 12 months preceding.” (NSDUH). Marijuana has damaged and brought chaos to lives of many young Americans. Medically, it is not addictive, but some people say that they begin to form a habit, and it becomes a psychological, rather than physical, addiction. Although marijuana is less harmful than other substances that are legal, chances are that if more people smoked marijuana because it became legal, there would be an increase in health problems. A study was done by the DEA in 2004 in which 19.1 million Americans aged 12 or older used illicit drugs in the 30 days prior to the study.
Clues will not be provided in Reading #2. Reading #1: Gang Members According to government figures, over 16,000 gangs are active in this country, and at least half a million gang members commit more than 600,000 crimes each year. Many members are young people who come from unhappy homes. They feel neglected or abused by their parents. In addition, their parents may be gang members themselves.
In 2007 analysis said that Detroit officials noted about 65 to 70 percent of homicides in the city were confined to a narcotics catalyst. Now days there are way too many shootings going on over the stupidest things. A lot of our young men in today’s society are getting their lives taken a young age. People are fearful much more than back then in our metro Detroit area because the violence and death rates continue to go up. Every day you hear of a young male getting shot/killed or a young woman getting abused then killed.
There are, however, some very important factors that help to influence the numbers. Consider those and a strong case for a much different view unfolds. Since 62% of persons admitted to Federal prison and 31.1% of those admitted to State prison for the first time were sentenced because of drug offenses, let us first take a look at the racial disparity in the war on drugs: The National Institute of Drug Abuse estimated that while 12 percent of drug users are black, they make up nearly 50 percent of all drug possession arrests in the U.S. (The Black and White of Justice, Freedom Magazine, Volume 128) According to the National Drug Strategy Network, although African Americans make up less than one-third of the population in Georgia, the black arrest rate for drugs is five times greater than the white arrest rate. In addition, since 1990, African Americans have accounted for more than 75% of persons incarcerated for drug offenses in Georgia and make up 97.7% of the people in that state who are given life sentences for drug
Nearly half of America’s 5.4 million full-time college students abuse narcotics or undergo alcohol binges at least once a month. This is according to a new study that portrays substance and alcohol abuse as an increasingly urgent problem on campuses across the nation. ALCOHOL REMAINS BY FAR THE FAVORED SUBSTANCE TO CONSUME ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES HOWEVER, THE ABUSE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND MARIJUANA HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY SINCE THE MID-1990s. This is according to the study released by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, which called on educators to move more aggressively to counter intensifying drug and alcohol use among students. Today’s report, the centers second on the subject, involved a survey of 2,000 students and 400 administrators as well as 6 national studies.
There are 43,000 inmates in prison for sexual offenses, while each year in this country over 510,000 children are victims of sexual assault. The statistics does not convey the severity of the situation. Each year 510,000 children have their childhoods destroyed, and are faced with dealing with sexual assault for their entire lives. Sadly, many of those assaults are perpetrated by people who have already been through the correctional system, only to victimize again. Sex offenders, as a class of criminals, are nine times more likely to repeat their crimes.
Compared to the rest of Britain, it is shocking. Around 350 intravenous drug addict take fatal overdoses in the whole of England and wales each year. If London’s death rate was the same as Glasgow’s, more than 1,000 youngsters would die each year – three every day.  Also, the weather has an
One factor contributing to the continuous growth of substance abusers in the prison population is drug misuse and addiction. The majority of inmates incarcerated have used illegal drugs on a regular basis (at least once a week for a period of one month) and have been incarcerated for selling or possessing drugs; driving under the influence of alcohol; committed crimes under the influence of drugs or alcohol; committed their crimes to get money for drugs; have a history of substance abuse; or share a combination of these characteristics (CASAColumbia, 1998). Another factor is the war on drugs and mandatory minimum sentences. In an attempt to reduce drug abuse and drug dealing, the U.S. has pursued punitive drug control policies to threaten arrest and incarceration. Mandatory minimums at the state and federal levels lead to individuals being sent to prison for possession of relatively small amounts of illegal substances (Taylor, Hallam & Allen, 2009).
Although people claim that gun control has been effective in certain places, evidence seems to suggest otherwise. After a gun ban in Britain in 1997 thousands of weapons were confiscated by the British Police Force. “Gun crime in England and Wales rose by thirty-five percent for all firearms, and by a whopping forty-six percent for the banned handguns. Nearly 10,000 firearms offenses were committed”(Malcom). Gun control has also been implemented in some U.S. states and cities.