Crime and drug abuse are rated first and third as the biggest worries among Americans according to a recent survey for The Conference Board, a research institute. Crimes reported to police declined slightly for the third year in a row during 1994, led by an eight percent drop in violent crime in cities with more than a million residents. However, arrests of youths under eighteen years of age for violent crimes surged by seven percent. The number of teenagers under eighteen arrested for murder has risen over one hundred fifty percent from 1985 to 1994. This is a disturbing trend, especially in light of the fact that Justice Department surveys consistently show that less than half of all crime, including crimes of violence, is reported to the police.
Juvenile vs. Adult Crime Rates- A Closer Look
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Print this page. E-mail this page. Scholars and laypeople alike debate what causes young people to commit crimes. Although most states mark the legal transition from adolescence to adulthood at age 18, researchers question whether the human brain is fully mature at that age. As part of the NIJ Study Group on the Transition from Juvenile Delinquency to Adult Crime, several scholars examined the differences between juveniles who persist in offending and those who do not, and also looked at early adult-onset offending.
Adult Punishments for Juveniles
Cholee has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and has volunteered her time in juvenile group homes. Youth crime has been going down for many years and only constitutes a small portion of the nation's crime today. Juvenile violent crime has also gone down and is at its lowest level since 1987.
The arrest statistics found in these studies are useful for comparing general trends. The OJJDP has cautioned that the numbers and percentages recorded in them do not represent all criminal activity. Arrest records do not present a precise picture of how much crime has been committed, in part because:. The reports generated by the OJJDP, although not infallible in representing crime rates, are effective at showing trends and general patterns.