Unique Situations When Dealing With Juveniles
Professor Sunshine Richards
Juvenile crime rates have been a main concern for law enforcement officials throughout the past several decades. “Over the past several decades, the number of juvenile arrests have been relatively stable except for increases in juvenile violent crime, as murder arrests for juvenile offenders increased by 93 percent during the 1980s and arrests for aggravated assault increased by 72 percent (Seiter, 2011). With that being said, many questions have been raised as to what is causing these increased crime rates and how are law enforcement personnel handling the situation. This paper will discuss child development and how it plays a role in juvenile crime, unique situations faced by juvenile crime, punishment for juvenile crime, and what is being done to deter juvenile crime.
Violent crimes have increased significantly among juveniles over the last decade and that is because a lot has changed in society in regards to child development. In todays society when people think about child development and juvenile crimes, there are several main things that immediately stand out in their mind; broken homes, gangs, and drugs.
The topic of broken homes and how it affects juvenile delinquency has been researched by many throughout thee years. It is said that boys who are raised without a father are often deprived of the necessary maturation and as a result, they overreact through use of delinquent behavior ("Juvenile delinquency-family structure," 2011). “High rates of broken home among incarcerated youths were taken as evidence supporting his assumption ("Juvenile delinquency-family structure," 2011). It is said that children who are raised in a single parenting home are more likely to have been exposed to crime promoting influences such as parental conflict and alcoholism ("Juvenile delinquency-family structure,"...