Juvenile Delinquency

Juvenile Delinquency:
The causes and how it should be handled.

Ian Davis

Abstract: What causes today's youth to commit crimes is a combination of how the child is raised and in what environment he is raised in. Delinquent juveniles should not be punished as severely as adults because they are not fully aware of the audacity of the crime.

Ian Davis     12/15/2010
Ms. Muraskin           Juvenile Delinquency Research Paper
In it's most basic form, juvenile delinquency is and when someone who is considered a minor, commits a crime. Although, delves much deeper than this this. How can an innocent youth be as corrupted to break the law? When a minor commits a crime, is it ethical to charge him as if he were an adult? Juvenile delinquency does not occur without reason, in most cases it is caused by a string of problems.
A child's personality is made up from combination of hereditary traits and traits he obtains from his environment. Therefore for a minor to commit a crime, he not only needs to have the genetic tendency to break the law but also to be raised in an environment where crime is an element. Just as a boy that is genetically predisposed to break the law will most likely not if raised in an environment where crime is rare. A boy that is raised in a unstable and dangerous environment will most likely not commit a crime if its not in his genes. Unfortunately, in most cases the child is exposed to a dangerous environment because of the parents poor decisions. The poor decision making skills are then passed on to the child, and having both factors present leads to juvenile delinquency.
It is hard for parents to recognize when their child is on the path to juvenile delinquency. In most cases parents just believe their son is going through a phase, as if he will grow out of it soon. When that child then does something wrong, he may not be reprimanded as harsh as he should be. This occurs because the parents of the child believe it...