Dec. 5, 2012
Roughly half of all youth arrests are made on account of theft, simple assault, drug abuse, disorderly conduct, and curfew violations. OJJDP, or Office of Juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, statistics show theft as the greatest cause of youth arrests (Juvenile crime Pg.1). A juvenile is anyone under the age of eighteen. Juvenile delinquency has become a major problem in the United States. If anyone under the age of 18 commits a crime such as underage consumption of alcohol, incorrigibility, curfew violations, or running away, and gets arrested for it he or she will be charged as juvenile. Although these are just a few crimes that a juvenile can be charged with they are not all of them, there are many more. A juvenile at least the age of 14 can also be charged as an adult depending on what crime is committed and how serious it is, such as murder or rape. There are many punishments a child can receive depending on what crime was committed and what the judge decides the best way to resolve the issue would be. The court will consider the age of the child and the crime committed to help make their decision on how to go about picking the best and most reasonable punishment for the juvenile. Punishments can included but are not limited to being put on probation, having to live in a foster home or institution, or being sent to probation camp commonly known as boot camp.
If a juvenile commits a crime and is arrested the arresting police officer must read the juvenile their Miranda rights which are: you have the right to remain silent, anything you say or do can and will be used against you in court, and you have the right to an attorney if you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to you (juvenile delinquency pg.1). There are many different crimes that a juvenile can commit that may not even seem like a crime to the one committing the crime. Truancy for example is one, which...