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Remember doing something mischievous or wrong when you were a kid and getting the labeldelinquent slapped on you Did you ever wonder what it meant That is what my topicfor today is juvenile delinquency In this report I will define juveniledelinquency give the extent of juvenile delinquency give some suggestions on what causesjuvenile delinquency and what is being done in various communities to deal with thisgrowing problem The legal term juvenile delinquent was established so that younglawbreakers could avoid the disgrace of being classified in legal records as criminals Juvenile delinquency laws were designed to provide treatment rather than punishment forjuvenile offenders Young delinquents usually are sent to juvenile courts where the mainaim is to rehabilitate offenders rather than to punish them But the term juveniledelinquency itself has come to imply disgrace in todays society A youngster can belabeled a delinquent for breaking any one of a number of laws ranging from robbery torunning away from home But an action for which a youth may be declared a delinquent inone community may not be against the law in another community In some communities thepolice ignore many children who are accused of minor delinquencies or refer them directlyto their parents But in other communities the police may refer such children to ajuvenile court where they may officially be declared delinquents Crime statisticsthough they are often incomplete and may be misleading do give an indication of the extentof the delinquency problem The FBI reports that during the early 1980s about two-fifthsof all arrests in the United States for burglary and arson were of persons under the age of18 Juveniles also accounted for about one-third of all arrests for larceny During anyyear about 4 of all children between the ages of 10 and 18 appear in a juvenile court The percentage of youngsters in this group who are sent to court at least once is muchhigher A third or more of those
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