term juvenile delinquency refers to the age group of criminals who are
not adults. The overwhelming majority of legal systems in the world have
special rules and regulations to deal with this group. The few
exceptions are in the Middle East and in a few African countries, where
kids are often tried as adults.
Some of the measures taken by
most states to deal with juvenile delinquents include special detention
centers and different sentences for the same crimes. The theory here is
that the mind is not really developed until a person reaches at least
18, and so it is not fair to owe the rest of your life to jail time if
you made a terrible decision when you were 11 years old.There are
numerous theories on the causes of crime, and many of these can also be
applied to the underage spectrum.
In the media, youth crime plays
a special role as the interest seems to be quite universal for even
mild crimes. For the violent type, though, the coverage is
insurmountable on an otherwise slow news day, and you will probably know
what I’m talking about if you read your local papers and watch the TV
during news hour. Politicians also often weigh in on reported youth
crimes, and those of violent nature often are almost required to be
addressed in an election year. That is how important this issue is for
the political world.