Issue Proposal for Juvenile Crimes

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60% of the children in juvenile are awaiting trial. I find it interesting that a child as young as 6 years old can go to juvenile and a child as young as 16 be tried as an adult in court and sent away to prison. Some of the crimes these young children commit should not be committed. Majority of the crimes happen because they rather are in juvenile detention centers rather than home. They find the detention centers more like comfort zones. What can we do as a community to stop these crimes from happening? Why do children feel more comfortable in detention rather than at home?

I am interested in juvenile crimes because I always wanted love studying about the juvenile justice system and watching the TV show Beyond Scared Straight. Now as a college student, I look at these crimes as petty crimes that shouldn’t be committed. I often ask myself what an eleven year old child knows about sexually assaulting classmates or armed battery charges. Is this what we teach our children while their growing up? I would like to figure out why these children are committing adult crimes or even committing crimes at all.

I know that juvenile crimes are a huge topic in the criminal justice system today. Children today learn from watching other people actions. They hear adult conversations about a close friend or relative being incarcerated for any reason. They often get immune to it and grow up thinking it’s nothing wrong with being incarcerated. There is no male figure in the child’s life to teach them that it is not right. I need research how many children are sent to juvenile detention centers a year. I would like to know the age range in juvenile. I would also like to know what crime was committed for them to be there and how long their sentence is. Do most children learn their lesson after their first time in juvenile or do they like it in there? What is there daily schedule? How long do they have to wait until they get a court date? I would to find the answer to those...
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