Youth and Crime - Who Is Responsible Essay

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When today's youth commit crimes it is often the taxpayers that have to pay for it. In many cases, when the crimes include damage to property, theft of personal belongings or merchandise the public are required to pay for the damages through taxes and raised prices in stores. When it comes to theft, the public would be required to pay more money in the long run for a product that is often stolen due to the rate of loss on it. When it comes to property damage we, the owners, are responsible for replacing what has been damaged and paying to replace or repair the item from our own pockets, or to place claims using house or automobile insurance, causing our premiums to rise. Youth crime rates seem to have been increasing over the past …show more content…
The youth crime rate is currently lower than the adult rate of crime. This gives evidence to the idea that the government should be spending more time worrying about how to solve the damage that is being created. Today's youth should be responsible for their own mistakes and should be punished by either community service, repairing the damage or returning what they stole.

The general public seems to associate a wide variety of crimes with young people. Drug offenses were the most common response, with about one quarter, followed in order by theft and stealing, vandalism, robbery, shoplifting and petty theft, murder, burglary, car theft and joy-riding, shootings and stabbings, and assault and battery. Overall, more respondents identified youth with non-violent crimes (drugs and property offenses such as theft and burglary) than violent crimes. The public believes that youth who break the law will commit other crimes in the future, even if youth have no prior record.

Toronto's past Mayor, Mayor Mel Lastman, came up with an innovative idea. He believes that creating different activities around the city for youths to participate in would cut down the rate of crime in the city. These programs would cost nearly 4.5 million to create. The new programs would created a mobile skating park that could be moved to different areas of the city were youth needed them the most and

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