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Juvenile crime is increasing in the USA at an alarming rate


Juvenile crime is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States of America. Crime along with drug abuse is amongst the top 3 biggest concerns in America. A survey has been conducted recently where the crime was rated as number 1 and drug abuse as number 3. The crimes that were reported to the US police saw a decline for 3 consecutive years during 1994. There was also witnessed an 8 percent drop in many violent crimes in populated cities. The number of residents in these cities was more than a million. Many youths who were under 18 years of age were arrested for all the violent crimes but this saw a rise of 7 percent. Instead teenagers who play avail casino bonuses by using online scratch cards are much better placed. They earn some money from online casinos and hence do no crime for money.

That being said, under the age of 18 teenagers have been arrested for murders which have gone over 150 percent in 9 years. This was recorded from 1985 to 1994 which was quite a cause of concern raised. This was recorded knowing the fact that the Justice Department conducts surveys after the crime is reported to the police. Less than half of all the crimes which include violent crimes as well are constantly recorded with the US police. In the year 1991, a huge 17 percent of heinous crimes were executed by juveniles.

Furthermore, this has been divided into 2 categories, one where they have committed these crimes alone which is 11 percent. Crimes that were committed in groups were at 6 percent as per the records of the national report of Juvenile Offenders and Victims. This does not stop here, it has also been recorded that almost 8 percent of such serious crimes have been executed in groups. These groups consisted of at least one juvenile member to carry violent crimes. It can be said that altogether 25 percent of these serious crimes involved an offender who is a juvenile.

In the year 1985, there was a huge critical moment after a major period of comparative stability in juvenile crime rates. They are children, heavily armed and extremely dangerous ready to massacre high schools. The gang killings in big cities have been a concern for America's security of the general public. For nearly 2 centuries, Americans have been constantly bothered about these delinquents juvenile. Shockingly, in the coming 7 years, the number of crimes again increased that too double the percentage. The increased rates and numbers of homicides hay were committed including drug offenses simply doubled without any stop.

This increase in crime percentage can be traced back to the mid-1980s where drug peddling was on a rise. The most common drug that was being trafficked was easily available cocaine. The dramatic rise in violence by and amongst youth has become a serious concern for the entire nation. Arrests for juvenile criminals were on the rise and this also went up by 68 percent from 1984 to 1993. When the record was checked, it was noticed that arrest for murders had increased by 45 percent and robbery 37 percent. In addition to this, aggravated assault arrests have increased by a huge 37 percent.

However, it was seen that the era post World War II had seen a gradual decline in the crimes committed by youths. The same was recorded in the 1990s where the teenage violence was even though a public issue but lesser comparatively. The amount of attention that Americans give in different issues are different and statistics will not justify the horrible crimes. In the 19th Century, there were a lot of urban crimes that were being committed. There were street gangs who were extremely notorious and present in most major cities during the mid 19th century.

Meanwhile, the gangs now consist mainly of youths and their ages range from 12 to mid-20s and most of them are in their teenage years. These gangs were linked with crimes that one cannot even think of and all the intricacies involved. There was a constant growth in weapon violation and homicides amid these juvenile criminals. In the year 1992 to 1993, the homicide arrest of juveniles saw a rise of 24 percent and weapon violation was 12 percent more. It needs to be mentioned that during the years 1988 to 1992, juvenile murders went up by 52 percent.

This was a comparable number where the juvenile criminals above the age of 18 years saw an increase of 9 percent. There was a gradual growth in gun usage in 1985 when juveniles were committing murders and other crimes. The crimes which included guns had increased doubly from the years 1985 to 1992. The fastest-growing homicide is the gang killings by these juvenile criminals which increased to a whopping 400 percent since 1980. The arrests of adult criminals for offenses that involved arms went up by 21 percent and juvenile arrests saw a rise of 117 percent.

Even though there have been banishments which brought down these urban crimes heavily yet the country did not become completely peaceful. The urban gangs continuously fought with weapons like knives and clubs. There was continuous gun-related mayhem that happened during that time and the casualties involved were huge. Crimes like drug trafficking and their arrests were also on a rise mostly for non-white people. Gradually the arrests started going up in the early 1980s for the juvenile drug peddlers. This accelerated rapidly soon after the year 1985 since cocaine distribution started becoming widespread.

There has been evidence that shows how the small portion of juvenile criminals carries out extremely violent and serious crimes. The offenders who executed chronic crimes were less than 10 percent of juveniles. Their arrest happens mostly after the age of 12 which doubles whole they are between 13 and 14 years old. This rise happens till the age of 16 to 17 and drops almost 50 percent by 18 years of age and continuously drops until age 27. The series of arrests have shown that a late but effective intervention happens with the offenders in the justice system of juveniles.






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