juvenile delinquency

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ju·ve·nile de·lin·quen·cy

(jū'vĕ-nil dĕ-lingk'wĕn-sē)
An older term used to describe the behavior of teenagers acting in a manner inconsistent with societal expectations. Cf. sociopath, antisocial personality disorder.
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juvenile delinquency

Criminal behaviour by a young person. Juvenile delinquency has a peak incidence around fifteen or sixteen years of age and is commonly associated with peer pressures to conform, parental neglect and lack of social opportunity to direct energy into more acceptable channels. There is often a poor school record, with truancy and resentment of authority. Most delinquents eventually learn to conform to generally acceptable patterns of behaviour.
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Q. Can someone please explain the reason for juvenile delinquency?

A. Juvenile delinquency is not necessarily a trait of bipolar disorder, although it is possible for a person with bipolar disorder to act on impulse while experiencing an episode. To use Justins example, shop lifting, an adult in a manic episode may spend all of their money without thought or reason, where a child/youth may not have money to spend which may lead to shop lifting. In a manic episode Justin is right the lines between right and wrong can be blurred, thus the person suffering may make poor decisions and can find themselves in trouble with the law.

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Addressing the media, Atiqa Awadh Al Kusairi, Director of Family and Children's Prosecution in Al Ain, said: "One of the major reasons for juvenile crimes is the adverse impact of modern technologies like mobile phones, which spread violent games, movies and videos promoting violence and different kinds of abuses among youngsters.
"The way we approach violent juvenile crime now is similar to taking a car with a noisy engine to a mechanic, and the mechanic just changes the fires.
The document summarizes 2007 juvenile crime and arrest data reported by local law enforcement agencies and cited in the FBI's online publication "Crime in the United States, 2007." Overall, 2 percent fewer juvenile arrests occurred in 2007 than in 2006, and arrests for juvenile violent crime decreased 3 percent.
IN reply to my letter Children's Right To Be Protected (11.07.09) about young children being allowed to wander without being supervised by a responsible adult, Peter J Brown (Young Criminals, 22.07.09) said "the current Government appears to have a kid glove approach to juvenile crime".
And two thirds believe more children are involved in crime now than ever before - despite figures showing no increase in juvenile crime for 12 years.
The new report offers qualitative information and analysis of such topics as: the increased role of women in violent crime; losses from cyber-crime compared to losses from physical crime; alternative sentencing and prisoner reentry; parallel proceedings; international anti-cartel enforcement; the death penalty; increased use of DNA evidence; and minority and juvenile crime. The report also includes a synopsis of Supreme Court cases during the 2005-2006 term that are related to criminal justice.
Traditionally, studies on juvenile crime have remained largely silent on the lived experiences of family members.
The changes have often resulted in huge shifts in thinking, without an accompanying reduction in juvenile crime.
The rejection in some quarters of a reform model reflects both ideological preconceptions and misinformation about juvenile crime. Rates of serious violent juvenile crime as measured by the National Crime Survey were relatively constant between 1973 and 1989, then briefly rose by more than one-third and peaked in 1993.

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