Young People Commit Crime And Juvenile Delinquency

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Introduction Youth crime and juvenile delinquency are very sensitive issues that are a concern in every society. The thought of criminalising people who are not even considered adults yet, and are not fully mature in cognitive development is a troubling issue. Yet, many societies are faced with the problem of young people committing crime. Many criminal justice systems around the world have schemes for juvenile delinquency and legal repercussions for the failure of young people to comply with the law. In an effort to appreciate these schemes, several theories have attempted to explain why young people commit crime. The labelling theory is a very interesting one, as it explains youth crime in terms of society’s expectations and standards, as opposed to assessing exactly what motivates young people to commit crime. It does give a unique perspective to the explanation of juvenile delinquency, but it is lacking in many regards. The theory will be introduced, and its main arguments will be put forward; it will then be evaluated against the realities of the youth justice system in order to appreciate what explanations it has to offer. Its limitations will then be considered, and other theories which might take it further to give a more holistic picture of the reason for crime amongst young people will be suggested before a conclusion is reached. The Labelling Theory: An Overview The Labelling Theory is a distinct one, as rather than focusing on the individuals committing
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