Juvenile Delinquency And The Recidivism Rate

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Juvenile Delinquency and the Recidivism Rate Nathaniel L. Rogers CJ 3090 Dr. Morrison November 24, 2014 Juvenile Delinquency and the Recidivism Rate Juvenile Delinquency seems to always find itself on the front pages of newspapers. The juvenile delinquency rate is very high in America, today. According to Seigel and Welsh (2014) juvenile delinquency is defined as the participation in illegal behavior by a minor who falls under the statutory age limit (p. 648). The statutory age limit varies in different states. For example, a juvenile might be considered an adult in different state for various crimes. Statistics show that each year, juvenile commits about 9.8 percent of almost 12,000 homicides (Zagar, Grove, & Busch, 2013). Most delinquent acts are committed by small groups of individuals and they are estimated at five percent of the population. That five percent of the population includes alcohol and drug abusers, offenders who have a history of violence, youth who drop out of school, homicidal youth, and those who are found to be psychotic( Zagar, Grove, &Busch, 2013). A prime example of a person who would be included in this five percent of the population would be Jeffrey Dahmer. History of Juvenile Court System According to Silva (2013), the first juvenile court was established in 1899 in Cook County, Illinois. At the time of the establishment of the first juvenile court, they only dealt with cases where the child was under the
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