The Consequences Of Juvenile Delinquency In The Court System

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One of the questions that has been asked countless times is why most are if not all extracurricular activities at our middle and high schools are being taken away. After school programs have been very strategic in helping young people find their talent, career choices and so much more (Durlak, 2007). Football, basketball, band and dance are just a few of the activities that kids have to choose from when it comes to participating in their school activities. According to the San Diego Police department and also a few other Police departments, they have reported that the number of kids that participate in extracurricular activities are less likely to commit a crime (Afterschool Alliance, 2007). Most if not all kids that have been reported
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Delinquent is a term that the courts use very loosely. Once you have committed so many offences in the Juvenile Court System the courts place you in different categories. Most youth that live in very harsh conditions are automatically viewed as a juvenile. Most criminals start out as a juvenile delinquent and go into their adult lives as criminals as well. Juvenile delinquency is becoming a little more complicated in terms of mental health is concerned. Most juveniles today suffer with mental health issues that cause them to act out in certain manners. Most delinquent acts by youth are said to be committed at the age of 7 (Loeber, 2003). Each juvenile offense is an outcome of a situation or circumstance that happened at home or in their surroundings. Juveniles commit most crimes or act out in the home or school because they are either bored or receive little to no attention at home. Frequently, the increase of mental health patients is rising in young kids. In most states juveniles are considered adults at the age of 18. There are a few other states that considered juveniles as adults at the age of 16 or 17 depending on the crime. (Juvenile Justice, 2015). There are two types of delinquent acts. The first type of delinquent act is one that would be considered a crime if an adult committed a crime. The second act of delinquency is when a juvenile …show more content…
The term “at risk youth” may also be used for youth that live in harsh neighborhoods and have experienced situations that are beyond their control. At risk does not mean they are a risk but simply means they are headed down a path that will lead to crime and delinquent acts. Peer pressure has become a huge issue for a lot of young kids growing up. Most of these youth are pressured into committing crimes, joining gangs, vandalism and so much

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