Prevalence and Theory of Juvenile Delinquency Among Adolescence

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Prevalence and Theory of Juvenile Delinquency among Adolescence Garratt Cyle Briggs American Military University CMRJ206 Jan 21, 2015 “Analyze how prevalent delinency is among adolescents” Until recently delinquent behavior among U.S. adolescent has received a great deal of public attention. Most of the popular adolescent delinquency accounts emphasize serious violent actions such as offenses against individual. Such types of violent actions prompted the U.S. Surgeon General in 1985 to mark violence as a key health problem in the United States (Siegel & Welsh, 2014). Violent behaviors among adolescents are dangerous and can ultimately lead to injury or even death. Moreover, adolescents and children who encounter or observe violent behaviors might undergo emotional trauma. It is noteworthy that the primary contributors and victims of violence are adolesents. This paper analyzes how prevalent delinquency is among adolescents in today’s society. Delinquncy is prevalent in adolescents, as the United States juvenile justice system has a large portion of inmates under the age of fifteen (Cloward, & Ohlin, 2013). According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) uniform crime reporting program, last year alone law enforcement agencies made around 253,000 arrests of adolescents younger than 13 (Akers, 2011); around 10% of these arrests were for status offenses (for example curfew violation, running away from home, and liquor law violations). Overall, children aged lower then thirteen make up around 9% of all juvenile arrests (i.e. arrests of individuals below 18 years). In addition, over recent years the number of arrests of juveniles for property related crimes reduced 17%, whereas, arrests for violent crimes raised to 45%. Adolescents arrested were much more prone to be charged with violent crime, drug violations, and weapon offences as

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