Social Effects Of Juvenile Delinquency

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In most states juvenile delinquency are criminal acts committed by minors’ ages 10 to 18 years old, the perpetrators are categorized as status offenders or delinquent offenders. Offenses committed by status offenders can only be committed because the offender is a minor, such as running away from home, truancy and underage drinking. (Mooney, pg 115) then there are delinquent offenders whose offenses would be a crime if they were committed by an adult. In the Juvenile Justice System it is in place to deal with youth who are caught and convicted of crimes, depending on the nature of the crime, youth are tried in a juvenile justice system or can be transferred to the adult justice system. According to the Campaign for Youth Justice, it is estimated …show more content…
Countless times we watch the news and see the most profound effect of youth violence is the loss of life, in addition it creates community disorganization and, breaks down the cohesion in the community and doubt in public safety. Furthermore, it affects economics, which anyone who pays taxes have an option of how their taxes should be spent. According to a December 9, 2014 article titled, “What Youth Incarceration Cost Taxpayers” written by Tierney Sneed a culture and social issues reporter for the US News and World Report. It is estimated that state and local governments pay as much as $ 21 billion annually to incarcerate youth. Taxpayers share some burden of the cost to lock up juveniles which can run “$148, 767 per person per year when the most expensive option is used.” (Sneed, 2014). In addition to the cost mentioned Sneed says, “ juvenile incarceration has a long term effect on taxpayers in the form of lost future earnings, lost tax revenue and other ripple effects that the Justice Policy Institute estimates costs state and local governments nationwide somewhere between $8 billion and $21 billion annually.” (Sneed,

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