Juvenile Crime and Justice

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Juvenile Crime & Justice Introduction Are crime rates for juveniles in the United States on the rise or are they falling? What kinds of crimes are juveniles typically arrested for? Are all the laws and policies with reference to juvenile justice seen as truly fair? Should a juvenile be locked up for life without the possibility of parole? What has the U.S. Supreme Court ruled as to locking juveniles up for life without the possibility of parole? These and other issues will be discussed in this speech. What are the most current arrest rate statistics for juveniles? According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention a component of the U.S. Department of Justice the rate of arrests for juveniles over the past few years is declining, and in some cases it is declining dramatically. For example. there were 1.9 million arrests of juveniles (young people under the age of 18) in 2009. That would seem like a lot of arrests at first but actually that arrest rate was down 17% from the year 2000, which is a positive statistic. The Juvenile Justice statistics show that the juvenile arrest rate for murder doubled between the mid-1980s and 1993, but that rate declined from 13 arrests per 100,000 juveniles in 1993 to just 4 arrests per 100,000 juveniles in 2009. That arrest rate for murder in 2009 is 72% lower than it was in 1993, which again, is a positive statistic. As to forcible rape, the juvenile justice statistics showed that between the early 1980s
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