Juvenile Delinquency Is An Increasing Problem Within The United States

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Juvenile delinquency has become an increasing problem within the United States. According to Siegel and Welsh (2012), more than 1.1 million youth are being arrested each year for various crimes ranging from loitering to murder. There are numerous reasons why there should be programs to help deter delinquency. One of which, Greenwood (2008), states that juvenile delinquency has started to take it’s toll on tax payers. The cost of arresting, incarcerating, prosecuting, and treating offenders has began to cost billions of dollars within a year. The other reason being that adult criminals begin as juveniles therefor preventing delinquency helps to prevent the early onset of adult criminals and reduces crime on victims as well as society as a whole (Henggeler, Melton, & Smith, 1992). Juvenile Delinquency is driven by negative consequences of a communities social and economic development (Juvenile Delinquency, 2003). Delinquency can be affected by the interactions youth have with other people, such as family and peers being the main influences. A program that would be willing to help delinquent’s home life as well as having positive peer mentors to help academically and socially would help to improve structure and behavioral problems within the delinquent.
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