The Juvenile Justice System
So, what’s it like being a juvenile delinquent? The household term “Juvenile Delinquent” was established so young lawbreakers could avoid the disgrace of being classified for the rest of their lives as CRIMINALS. Teenage delinquency laws were designed to provide treatment, rather than punishment for the misbehaving delinquents. Young delinquents usually are sent to juvenile courts, where the goal is to rehabilitate, or reform offenders, rather than to seek punishment for them, after all, these are problem children here, and they need help to start over with their life. But, in order to start over with their life, they have to find out what the problem is and start targeting it. The term juvenile delinquency itself has come to imply absolute DISGRACE.
A young person can be labeled as a delinquent for breaking any of the laws that we have here in America. These laws range from robbery to running away from their home. But the action(s) for which a youngster may be declared a delinquent in one county may not be against the law in another area. In some communities, the police DO NOT pay attention to MANY children who are accused of delinquent acts, or just simply refer them directly to their parents. But in other communities, the police actually do care so they catch children who are doing misdemeanors and refer them to a juvenile court IMMEDIATELY, where they may officially be declared delinquents. The extent of delinquency is strategic. Crime statistics, even though they are often incomplete and may be misleading, often do give an indication of the delinquent’s problem.
The Federal Berol of Investigation (a.k.a. the FBI), reports that in the early 1990’s, nearly half of all United States arrests for motor vehicle theft and arson(the causing of fires) were of people under the age of eighteen. Juveniles also accounted for about 1/3 of all arrests for larceny (theft). In any year, in...