Juvenile Delinquency : The Future Of Our Country Essay

2249 Words May 14th, 2016 9 Pages
Children are often considered the future of our country. While this might be true, what kind of future will the country have if children under the age of eighteen accounted for sixteen percent of the incarcerated population in the US. Meanwhile, nationwide reports of juvenile crime are reliably high, with juveniles representing 38% of the incarcerated population. Juvenile delinquency generally falls into two categories: status offenses and criminal offenses. Status offenses are acts that if committed by adults would not be considered criminal (e.g. runaway, minor in possession). Criminal offenses on the other hand are offenses that range from property crime to murder. Of the 2.2 million juveniles arrested each year, 92,300 are arrested for violent crimes and 463, 300 for non-violent or property crimes. Individuals under 18 represent about 25% of the United States population and account for approximately 16% of all arrests. Approximately 71% of all juvenile arrestees are male and 68% of juvenile arrests are between 16 and 17 years old (Gottesman & Schwartz, 2011)
The criminal justice system’s roles are: providing justice, avoiding discrimination, protecting those in need and keeping crime in check while maintaining reasonable limits on criminal punishment (Calley, 2012). The criminal justice system has a set of laws for prosecuting adults and a set of laws to prosecute children. The main purpose of the adult criminal justice system is to punish according to the severity of…

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