Cja 374 Week 2 Crime Causation and Diversion Essay
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Crime Causation and Diversion
Juveniles committing crimes, being arrested and going to jails and prisons, is a sad fact that has hit every city, in every state in the United States of America. It is not a hard thing to comprehend, turn on the TV and watch the news. Every night there is surely to be a report about a crime committed by one of America’s youth. Many people question the reason for such high numbers of juveniles committing crimes; others turn a blind eye and refuse to acknowledge the fact that every day more children of this country are slipping into the life of crime. Some concerned members of society ask what can be done to stop it; how can they help? The answer is action! Law enforcement, as well as Local, State, and…show more content…
Below are a few statistics of juvenile crimes in the United States and Florida. (south-floridaattorney.com)
• 1 in 4 U.S. residents is under the age of 18
• In 2009, more than 1 million juveniles were arrested for criminal activity; of those arrests, 27% were younger than age 15
• 49,900 arrests were made for aggravated assault
• 31,700 were for robbery
• 1,170 were for murder
• 1 in 9 violent crimes committed in 2009 were attributed to juveniles
Juvenile Mentor Program (JUMP)
In Florida and across the country, the Juvenile Mentor Program or JUMP is being utilized to help combat and reduce the number of juveniles that fall victim to a life of crime. This program first received funding in 1994 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The program was set up to reduce juvenile delinquency and gang participation by at-risk youth, reduce the dropout rate of these children and to improve academic performance. The program achieves these goals, by the following objectives:
• Provide general guidance to at-risk youth.
• Promote personal and social responsibility.
• Increase participation in elementary and secondary education and enhance their ability to benefit from this schooling.
• Discourage use of illegal drugs and firearms, involvement in violence, and other delinquent activity.
• Discourage involvement in gangs.
• Encourage participation in service