Factors Contributing to Juvenile Delinquents

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Factors Contributing to Juvenile Delinquents
According to Jensen, three of the most critical issues facing the American juvenile justice system are youth violence, the occurrence of mental health and substance abuse problems among young people, and female delinquency (Jensen, Potter, and Howard, 2001). Juvenile crime in the United States has severe consequences for our society. Nowadays, drugs are becoming more like everything else in our society—popular and expensive—which is usually a catalyst for most criminal activity, especially among youth. Whether a person is selling drugs, stealing to get money for drugs, or commits a crime under the influence of drugs, these acts are all drug-related crimes that are often unrecorded by police, which encouraged this study of youth offenders and the dark figure of crime. A critical question in the study of youth offenders and the dark figure of crime is why crime occurs. Are parents too submissive? Do some youths have defective genes, families, or social environments? Are poverty and lack of education to blame? Unless the causes of this unknown crime can be determined and a plan is implemented to develop the best possible policies to reveal it, more youth will continue to contribute to this dark figure of crime. This study develops some explanations in understanding why crime takes place. Data gathered from the respondents of 20 surveys was analyzed to relate the relationship of juvenile drug and alcohol use and criminal activity among adolescents in the United States. The methodology for this research includes the procedures and techniques used to collect and analyze the information from the sample selected. The conclusion should report the findings with more broad-based statements that relate back to the goals of the research and the evaluation questions. Researchers acknowledge that many more people commit crimes than get arrested and concede that a “dark figure of crime” does exist. This research study...
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