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A look at the reasons why juveniles commit crimes

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What Makes Teens Commit Crimes? A juvenile delinquent is a young person, particularly a teenager under the age of eighteen, who breaks a state or federal law by committing a crime.

Teens are still immatures and do not think like adults, therefore they are prone to making mistakes or committing crimes that are not fully in their control. Teens can break laws for various reasons, and there are a number of factors that can lead them to juvenile delinquency. In this article, we have listed down some of the reasons why teens become juvenile delinquents and what causes them to commit crimes. Broken Family A teen adopts moral and ethical values from his parents and other family members.

Reasons for Juvenile Crime

Broken or disturbed families with bad relations can cause teens to go astray and become violent. This causes teens to seek attention from others, especially their peers. Lack of Communication Often lack of discourse in the family can lead children to find solace other than homes. When they are not having any communication with their parents or family members at home, they may lose unity, trust, and understanding, which can eventually lower their self-esteem or self-confidence.

They blindly follow their peers and adopt their unhealthy lifestyles. They shoplift and consume drugs to look cool in the eyes of their peers. Lack of Finances Young or adult, may lead to a wrong path to improve their financial conditions. Teens become juvenile delinquents due to lack of finances. When they experience poor economic conditions, they start engaging in the wrong activities. They may start selling drugs or steal things to improve their economic conditions.

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Lack of Social and Moral Training Teens who have not given any social or moral training often lead to juvenile delinquency. They should teach them the difference between right and wrong behavior. Lack of social and moral values can lead children to poor interaction with others and make them less confident. They may become selfish and arrogant.

They would not know how to respect the laws of the state.

Juvenile Delinquency: What Makes Teens Commit Crimes?

Parents often neglect their children and pay more focus on working hard to earn money for them. However, while doing so, they forget the importance of spending quality time with their children. In their absence, children tend to spend time with someone who pays attention to them. They may also fall into wrong hands or get involved in a bad company while seeking attention from someone other than their parents.

  1. This trend was reversed in the 1990s, however, when England and Wales reacted to the upswing in juvenile violence in a manner similar to the United States, focusing on the offense, rather than the offender. According to a University of Michigan study found that 270,000 guns accompany secondary school students to class daily.
  2. Criminal delinquency offenses include, for example, homicide, robbery, assault, burglary, and theft. In the early 1980s, England and Wales moved toward community-based sanctions for young offenders and away from institutional placements.
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  4. In the United States, both minimum and maximum ages of juvenile court jurisdiction vary by state, with most states having no minimum age although in practice, children younger than 10 are seldom seen in juvenile courts. Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Justice.
  5. The panel met six times between June 1998 and October 1999 to discuss data availability and research findings, identify critical issues, analyze the data and issues, seek additional information on specific concerns, formulate conclusions and recommendations, and develop this report.