Some Facts about Juvenile Delinquency Essay

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John Doe, who has been recommended from a group home where other juvenile delinquents are living, is an unmanageable thirteen years old boy. In the past weeks, John Doe committed a great variety of delinquent activities: thefts, vandalism, bully, and trying to kill his mother. John Doe´s mother states that he was manageable when his father, who committed domestic violence against her, was in home. When John Doe was eight years old, his delinquent behavior started by stole a cassette player in an electronic’ store (Santrock, J. W. 2012). As John Doe a lot of adolescents are committing somewhat juvenile delinquency or merely misbehaving. For instance, in 1999, the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) states that 16% of all persons arrested for…show more content…
On the one hand, index offenses is criminal acts that are performed either by adults or juveniles (Santrock, J. W. 2012). It is also known as crime index. Index offense is split into two different categories: violence crime and property crime. Murders and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults are considered as violence crime. On the other hand, property crime is when they commit property burglary, larceny-theft, or arson.
On the other hand, status offense, which is less serious misbehavior, can be commitment only by juveniles, (Santrock, J. W. (2012). Those inappropriate behavior are not see by the law as criminal acts, but it is considerate illegal because juveniles do not have enough ages to act on this way (Kendall, J. R. 2007). Running away from home, truancy, underage drinking, sexual promiscuity, and uncontrollability are some behavior that are considering as status offenses (Santrock, J. W. 2012). It can be a forerunner of other serious delinquent conducts. For example, studies, which was focus on the tendency of adolescents to truant, found a correlation between juvenile truancy and unemployment, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and educational failure (Kendall, J. R. 2007).
In the mental health field, juvenile delinquent behavior is considered as antisocial behavior (Yoshikawa, H. 1995), which is a chronic mental illness characterized by misbehavior action
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