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Delinquent behavior whether in children adolescents or adults is childish and anti-social behavior and usually not in the long-term interests of its perpetrators Crawford 1 Juvenile delinquency is in effect many things It can be thought of as a young kid going out on a summer night and tipping a cow Or on the more serious side a group of teenagers going out and getting wasted selling drugs or at its worst murdering someone else Usually however most juvenile crimes involve property offenses crimes not directed toward a person Unfortunately there has been a growing trend of violent crimes among juveniles Juvenile delinquency has become a rising social problem through out the United States Since 1983 juvenile delinquency has risen by an overall staggering forty-seven percent The increase in juvenile crime has not been evenly distributed Property crimes and status offenses have decreased while the violent crime index has more than doubled Drug offenses have seen a large increase as well In 1997 law enforcement agencies made nearly three million arrests of people under the age of eighteen Although juveniles only account for eight percent of the population they account for one third of all crime On any given day more than 85000 children can be found in public and private detention and correctional facilities The average cost of caring for an incarcerated juvenile is 40000 a year This is a problem that concerns all of America and many people are attempting to address the problem This has become a more obvious problem for certain groups in society Knowing the groups at risk may be a key factor in one day putting an end to or a least decreasing juvenile delinquency With the knowledge of which adolescents are more likely to become involved in delinquent behavior prevention of unwanted behavior will become easier and more effective Among delinquents gender contrasts are revealed Girls are less likely to commit violent crimes While violent
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