Juvenile Crime Statistics

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Meka CJA/374 February 3, 2012 LeDetra Jones Juvenile Crime Statistics Juvenile crime, also known as juvenile delinquency is minors participating in any illegal behaviors. Juveniles are considered to be individuals under the age of 18. According to “Legal Dictionary” (2012), a juvenile delinquent is a person who is under age 18, that is found to have committed a crime in states that have declared by law that a minor lacks responsibility and thus may not be sentenced as an adult (para. 1). Juvenile crime statistics have become popular in recent years because of its arrest increase in serious crimes. There have been many curious about why the sudden but drastic increase in juvenile serious crime. Individuals want to know what could be done to minimize the arrest rates. Let’s focus on the increase of serious crimes by juveniles magnifying in on simple assaults and drug offenses, implications for juvenile female and members of ethnic and racial minorities, and the increase in arrests of juvenile females and the decrease in arrests of male juvenile offenders for violent crimes. The overall decrease in juvenile arrests for violent crimes for 2008 was less than any year in 1990s. There had been gradually a decline in juvenile arrest for violent crimes between the 1990s to around the year 2004. Puzzanchera (2009), “Juveniles accounted for only 16% of all violent crime arrests” (4). Since 1994 arrest rates have been in steady decline. The majority of arrest differs by gender, race, and the area an individual reside in. What many did not know is that juvenile arrest disproportionately involved minorities. Most juveniles of Hispanic ethnicity were included in the white racial category. Therefore, it will be understood where the 78% of the white juvenile of the youth population come from. Black juveniles were involved in 52%t of

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