Juvenile Crime

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Juvenile delinquency is one of the most important issues we face as a nation in the new millennium. Despite the social awareness, juvenile delinquency is on the rise, case in point: the tragic killings at Columbine High School in Colorado. This gives us much cause for concern. Juvenile crime is increasingly more sophisticated and it's participants becoming younger. Gun violence has spread from urban centers into Suburbia. Drug and alcohol use among adolescents has reached epic proportions. The average age for a juvenile to commit a crime is only nine years old. We must find some kind of solution to juvenile crime, and it needs to been soon.

There are many reasons kids commit crimes. Most commit crimes because of peer pressure. These kids often come from a troubled family with no parental supervision. They get involved with alcohol and drugs because they often have a lack of activities to do to keep them out of trouble.

Lack of education is another reason kids get into trouble. Without a good education, most kids are unable to find jobs. These unemployed kids may resort to crime in order to have money to buy the things they want. Even kids that come from a stable family can get into trouble. They often resort to criminal behaviors as a way to test the boundaries of the rules set by their parents.

The results of being a juvenile delinquent are the increasing incidences of runaways, teen suicide, teen pregnancies and a series of unhappy marriages and divorces. In this new millennium, children seem to be spending more and more time in front of the television, on the computer, video games and surfing the net. Most of these kids are learning their criminal behavior from the violent video games and television shows they are...