Juvenile Crime And Juvenile Delinquency

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“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6 New International Version).
Juvenile crime, in law, term denoting various offense committed by children or youth under the age of 18. U.S. official crime reported that in the mid-1900’s “about one-fifth of all persons arrested for crimes were under the age of 18” (Funk & Wagnalls, 2014). Such acts are sometimes referred to as juvenile delinquency (Funk & Wagnalls, 2014. Offering constructive programs reduces juvenile delinquency and reduces recidivism. “From the beginning, the principal consideration of the juvenile courts was the welfare of the child” (Silva, 2014). When discussing whether the juvenile justice system works to rehabilitate young offenders, we must examine what options are available. Funk & Wagnalls (2014), state that Programs such as a child-guidance clinics, juvenile aid bureaus attached to police department or other official agencies, special programs in schools are all effective ways of deterring youth offenders and keeping them out of correctional facilities. Other forms of rehabilitation are military type.
Before we label a child as a delinquent we must first determine the cause of the delinquency. The question to be answered is, what causes delinquency? If you were to conduct a blind study and asked this question, you would get many different reasons. Perhaps Bad parenting, genetics, peer pressure, bad self-esteem, and society are all answers. Funk…
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