The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, a faction of the United States Department of Justice, publishes a regular report known as the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) that identifies juvenile arrest trends. The UCR supplies statistics on juvenile violent crimes (such as murders, aggravated assaults, robberies, and property crimes), and breaks down those statistics by race, age, and gender.
When Are Juveniles At Risk For Committing Crimes?
Over 70 million people in the US are under eighteen years of age and hence can be classified as juveniles under the law. Certain young Americans are more at risk than others for becoming juvenile offenders. Kids living in poverty, children born to teenage mothers, children living in unstable families, and children who do not have access to a good education all tend to be at much greater risk for committing crimes.
Are Children From Broken Homes More Likely To Commit Crimes?
Yes. However, intriguing new research suggests that whether a juvenile’s parents are married may be less important than whether his or her primary caregiver maintains consistent relationships. Professor Andrew Cherlin, Chairman of Johns Hopkins University’s Sociology Department recently authored a book called the Marriage Go-Around, which hypothesizes that households in a state of flux (with new parental figures being introduced and expelled regularly) may be more unstable for children than single-parent households. The instability of parental figures coming and going creates trauma that drives children to act out.
What Steps Can The Parent Of A Juvenile Offender Take To Protect The Child From Unduly Harsh Punishment And To Facilitate Rehabilitation?
First and foremost, engage. Different adolescents act out for different reasons. Some respond to social pressures by committing vandalism or property crimes. Others act aggressively due to behavioral problems, cognitive impairment, drug abuse, or even mental illness. The goal of any rehabilitation should be to identify the root cause(s) of the bad behavior and eliminate or mediate those activators.
Second, deal with the logistics of criminal defense. You’ll most likely need to draw on the services of a reputable California juvenile crime defense attorney. An attorney can develop a solid defense for the juvenile and can even seek to expunge criminal history. If you’re located in Southern California, the Law Offices of David A. Stein can provide a free, zero obligation assessment of your juvenile crime case. Contact us today at (949) 445-0040.