Juvenile Crime: Crime Rates
It is comforting to know that, according to recent crime statistics,
soaring. Between 1990 and 1994, the rate at which adults age 25 and older
as the most crime-prone. (Between 1986 and 1991, 18 – 24 showed a 62% increase
that will be booming in the next decade (currently 39 million under 10).
crime published in mid May of this year, stated that contrary to public
According to one estimate, only 13% of violent crimes are committed by young
people (Gallup Poll Monthly, Sept. 1994). The ACLU further suggests that the
juveniles, claiming only about 0.5% of young people commit violent crimes. (?
Current social trends do little to contradict the dire predictions made
Predicting a generation?s future crime pattern is, of course, risky.
Especially when outside factors remain unpredictable (Will drug use be up or
down? Will gun laws be tightened?). Also, from year to year, crime rates can
what goes down generally comes back up.
It is probably no surprise to hear that crime rates among juveniles vary
across race (structural limitations/discrimination, self-fulfilling prophecy,
crimes (per 100,000) than Whites. Black males age 15 – 25, while only one
young blacks by 145%.
Other areas that, directly or indirectly, deal with juvenile delinquency include
policies aimed at rehabilitating these troubled youths.