Essay on Different Theories Of Juvenile Delinquency

1229 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
There are different theories of juvenile delinquency and various researches have reported different reasons of delinquency. Juvenile delinquency is known as teenage crime. Juvenile delinquency refers to juveniles as the actual delinquency/ aggressors and victims as well. There are many causes that lead teens to delinquency. With these causes there are solutions that can help them and prevent these criminal actions from happening.
Today in the United States most of the teenagers under the age of eightteen are considered juveniles. States have set age limits that determine whether a person accused of a crime is treated as an adult or as a juvenile. However, some states set the limit at sixteen and seventeen. Before the establishment of juvenile courts, children under the age of seven were never held responsible for criminal acts. The court believed that children were incapable of criminal intent. Even though children were between the age of seven and fourteen, courts and laws still wouldn’t consider them incapable of criminal acts. Until the law disapproved by showing that at that age children would have the knowledge or knew it was an act of crime, but since they were not punished they would cause harm to another human being and commit the crime anyways. Since the law changed in the U.S., now children over the age of fourteen can be charged with a crime and handled in the same manner as an adult would.
According to some statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Justice,…

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