Violent Crime Rates Among Juvenile Offenders Essay

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“Old enough to do the crime, old enough to do the time,” Not only is this a catchy phrase that is gaining popularity, but it also represents a departure from the purpose with which the juvenile justice system was originally created over one hundred years ago‒to protect and rehabilitate young offenders. In an ideal world, counseling and rehabilitation would be enough for juvenile criminals, but oftentimes for repeat or violent offenders, this is just not enough. In the majority of cases involving violent crimes juvenile offenders must face the consequences of their actions and be tried as adults.
Violent crime rates among juvenile offenders are increasing. Juveniles now are more likely than ever before to be the perpetrators of serious and deadly crimes such as aggravated assault, arson, rape, and murder (Collier 1). These violent offenders increasingly include those as young as age twelve. Shockingly, “Since 1965, the number of 12-year-olds arrested for violent crimes has doubled and the number of 13- and 14-year-olds has tripled” (Collier 1). Not only are juveniles more likely than in the past to commit violent crimes, but they are also committing these violent crimes at younger ages than ever before. For this reason, there needs to be a shift from counseling and rehabilitation to harsher punishment for young violent offenders. Granted, in terms of deterrence, seven recent large-scale studies in jurisdictions across the country have all found that juveniles tried as adults…

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