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Juvenile Arrest

Going against the law is an immoral thing to do at any age. The case is such that 1 of 8 violent crimes is committed by the juveniles (Puzzanchera, 2009, p. 4). Since 1930, the data has been systematized into various categories for analysis under the Uniform Crime Reporting Program to trace the crime trends (Snyder, 2001). The Juvenile Justice Bulletin states that the most serious offense committed by the juveniles are: motor vehicle theft (50%), forcible rape (27%), and aggravated assault and property crime (21% and 20% respectively) (Puzzanchera, 2009).

According to the National Report Series Bulletin (2001), this program provides the approximate numbers of juvenile crimes in accordance with “specific offence categories”, as well as “sex, race, and type of location” (Snyder, p. 2). The data collected in UCR does not only reflect serious offence cases which an individuals were arrested for, but also indicates the juvenile arrest cleared percentage. According to the report, most murders committed by the juveniles are accounted to Black male offenders around 17 years old, rarely targeting the very young (Snyder, 2001). The gender trends in murder cases shows that males are more likely to kill an acquaintance, while females more often aim at their family members. Nevertheless, 1 out of 5 juvenile murder cases of both genders indicate killing a person of another race. The aggravated assault arrests results (including vandalism, weapons, liquor violation, and curfew and loitering, or running away) indicate exponential growth accounted to female subjects. In overall, the number of forcible rape arrests has decreased: the White rates have grown in comparison to Black rates; the male rates decreased in comparison to female ratings. As for the robbery and burglary, the rates had decreased in both cases in all aspects. The report indicates that 54% of arrested for arson were juveniles aged 13-18; and the numbers grow substantially (Snyder, 2001).

In overall, one third of the States rates higher to the national average statistics in juvenile violent crime. According to the report, the violent crime arrests are not that common for the USA and are noted in relatively small proportion of countries. Yet, since the juvenile crime arrests happen equally in small and large countries, the conclusion can be drawn that these factors have no account to the occurring. All of the crimes should be regarded as the result of social and psychological digression in the originating family of the juvenile. I believe that the only way to decrease the rates of juvenile crime is to assist the broken or problematic families with psychological and social help.

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