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Study Of The Causes Of The Juvenile Crime Rate Increase From 1990 To The Present From 1990 to the present there has been a sharp increase in juvenile crime across the United States From 1996 to presently there has been a slight decline from the statistics in 1995OJJDP What was the cause for this uprise in juvenile delinquency I will discuss 2 different theories to why there was such an increase in juvenile crime rates I will analyze the rise of the Gangster-Rap culture in the early 1990s and how it may have affected teenagers that are in lower- income families Many people believe that the increase in real life violence on television is a cause for violence in juveniles I will discuss the evidence for this theory It seems to me that the best theory to explain the rise in juvenile crime is the social constructionist theory Different sub-cultures of teens have higher crime rates than others because of their interests whether it be the music that they listen to or the types of television programs that they watched as child In the early 1990s a new form of Hip-Hop music appeared in America known as Gangster-Rap This style of Hip-Hop had lyrics pertaining to killing police gang warfare guns and robberies This style of music perked interest in teenagers across the country Song titles such as Fck the Police gave laughter to teenagers in middle and upper class America but for these rap artists the lyrics they wrote were their way of life The Gangster-Rap culture came straight from the worst neighborhoods on the Pacific Coast of the United States where this kind of lifestyle was led by 1000s of people stuck in the slums of America Could the lyrics from these kinds of songs promote violence in low-income areas where teens look up to these Rap artists Teenagers that grow up in neighborhoods that are considered low-income more so in
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