CRJ308: Psychology of Criminal Behavior (BLG1231A)
Instructor: Stephanie Myers
August 6, 2012
Juvenile Delinquency Factors Pertaining to Criminal Behavior Juveniles are mainly mimickers of their environment so if we want to take the criminal element out of the juvenile then we must take a look at their environment and implement constructive environments into their surroundings to give them something else to look forward and the opportunity to see that there is a better way of life than the life of crime and its consequences. This was pounded home in this statement made by Congressman Bobby Scott who said, “Giving a 10-year mandatory minimum for a second offense fist fight is not going to reduce the chance that someone will be stabbed 16 times when you are not funding any of the programs that are desperately needed to actually reduce juvenile crime”. Juveniles are the future so it is important that we look at cause of criminal behavior within this age group. In order to provide them with outlets that influence their outlook on life and futures and this can only be done if we know what it is that has influenced their life thus far and how we can implement things into their environment that will change their outlook. The first place to look is the family because these are usually the people that the closest and usually the most influential on young people. According to David P. Farrington a Professor of Criminology research has shown that 53 percent of 1,000 adults when asked what they perceived to be the main cause of violence, they agreed it was lack of discipline. And according to Professor Farrington academic research performed in 1997 confirmed the earlier finding. Discipline in the school system was also a factor according to about 15 % of those same adults. The other factors for juvenile delinquency in this research were poverty, violence on television, broken homes as well...