Status Offenders And Delinquents Of Juvenile Superpredators

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Research Paper April 25, 2012 Juvenile Delinquency On Aril 27th, 2008, the police of Palm Beach Gardens received numerous phone calls of an erratic driver that could not see over the steering wheel. After hitting several parked cars, damaging moving cars, and demolishing numerous mailboxes the police caught up with the culprit after the SUV got stuck on a street sign. To everyone’s amazement, it was a 7-year-old boy that took his grandmother’s Dodge Durango on this rampage because he was mad at his mother. When asked if he knew he could have hurt or potentially killed someone he replied, “Yes, but it’s fun to do bad things. I wanted to do hood rat stuff with my friend” (mmog37, 2008). It is cases like this that reassure us that we…show more content…
Status offenders, delinquents, and juvenile superpredators. A status offender is a child who has committed an act or failed to fulfill a responsibility for which, if he or she were an adult, the court would not have any authority over him or her. A delinquent is a juvenile accused of committing an act that is criminal for both adults and juveniles. A Juvenile superpredator is a term used to describe juveniles who commit violent felony crimes (Fagin 231). In order to create and operate successful rehabilitation programs for juvenile delinquents we need to understand what causes juvenile delinquency. This is important because the rehab programs should be based and aimed toward fixing the problems that influence children to become delinquents. There are numerous reasons and factors that cause juveniles to commit delinquent acts. Many are not fully understood, but there are a few that are believed to be the main causes of delinquent…show more content…
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