Essay on Juvenile Delinquency And Its Effects On Society

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Juvenile Delinquency is a term that refers to anti-social or criminal acts carried out by young children (“About…”). The average age for those who are classified as delinquent in the United States is 18. These delinquents often test the limits and boundaries set by their parents and other authority figures. Though rebellion and experimentation is common among adolescents, these children consistently participate in problematic behaviors that negatively affect their academic, social, and personal functioning (“About…”). These delinquents sometimes have mental disorders or behavioral issue. However, Juvenile delinquency is one of the most important issues in crime today.
Juvenile crimes are mentioned as far back as ancient Sumerian and Hammurabi (“About…”). In these areas, law concerning juvenile offenders first appeared in written forms. Throughout all time there has been delinquency. In Ancient Britain, children at the age of seven were tried, convicted, and punished as adults (“About…”). In the 1870’s, children were viewed as non-persons. During this period in history was known as the harsh beginnings. Children did not receive special treatment or recognition. During this era, discipline was what we now call abuse. There were many assumptions about life during the 1700’s. People of this era assumed that one had to be hard to survive in life (“About…”). They believed this because they viewed life as being hard. People of these times did not have all the conveniences that we…

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