Parents Are To Blame For Juvenile Delinquency
Once a woman discovers the fact that she is pregnant and makes the choice to become a mother, she and the father have an obligation to provide a future for that unborn baby. Married or not, the child becomes the parents’ responsibility legally, emotionally, morally, and physically. Parents are signing an unwritten contract to protect and provide for their child, until the child is of age, to do so his or herself. Parenting does not come with a handbook; however, it is common sense to not physically, mentally, or emotionally abuse that child. Parent’s failing to provide support, love, education, and instill morals or values, hinders a child’s future, which can and does lead to delinquent, criminal behavior. Therefore, I blame the parents in our society for delinquent behavior and children should not be imprisoned, because their parents failed to follow through with their end of the unwritten contract. Neglect and/or abuse parents commit towards their child are the causes of juvenile delinquency which is defined as criminal acts committed by a child under the age of eighteen. Juvenile Delinquency has been a social problem for decades. In fact, juvenile crime rates were the highest during the baby boomer and generation x generations. According to Jenson and Howard “… violent crime arrest rates increased 71percent between 1987 and 1994” (324). However, even though rates have decreased in today’s society, they still remain, and that is a problem. Crime is more complex and not limited to just certain areas anymore, as it was in the previous generations. Juvenile Delinquency is very common and is, in my opinion, very preventable. Parents need to start taking responsibility for their children. In a perfect world, all parents love their children and would never cause even the slightest bit of harm to them, but we do not live in a perfect world, now do we? Children are killing other children, bringing guns to school, raping, beating, and stealing. Children are setting homes on fire. How can society not start blaming the parents for this behavior? It is obvious to me, as I hope to others, that the “get tough approach” and sentencing children to an adult prison is not working. Children do not just decide to harm or even kill someone just because they feel like it. Start looking at what caused him or her to think this way: there is always a reason. A few months ago, I was watching the news, and a teen was found guilty for raping his foster mother, at knife point. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Now, first of all, let me say that this is a terrible crime committed by this teen, but what I want to know is why. What has happened in his life that would drive him to commit such a heinous act? The first clue to the answer is who the victim is: his foster mother. Where are his biological parents? Does society really think 30 years in prison is going to help this young man? Obviously what he needs is heavy psychiatric treatment, which he will not get in prison. I also suspect that there were possibly other acts of criminalities that lead to this rape. What was done to help this teen before his life spiraled out of control? I had signs with my son before his behavior became unacceptable, so I am sure there were signs with this teen.
I have always been one who says you cannot judge another human being based only what can be seen and to an extent that is still true. Who am I to judge another: especially in the parenting department? I do have my own children, four to be exact, and I am not perfect. I am the first one to admit that I have made my own mistakes in the parenting area. I also admit that in the past I was guilty of not following through with my own unwritten contract with my son, and I blame myself for his behavior. If I had been a better parent, he would not have become labeled as a “juvenile delinquent”. If our home conditions had been...
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