Preventing Juvenile Crime

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The best way to fight against the issue of juvenile crime would be to prevent it from happening in the first place. According to a government article, “Impact of Child Abuse and Maltreatment on Delinquency, Arrest and Victimization” children who are abused or neglected are 30 percent more likely to commit a violent crime in the future. If there were more effort spent towards finding dysfunctional families and helping them, the violent crime rate of juveniles would experience a drop. In many cases of juvenile murderers, the offenders have been reported to suffer from abuse at their homes; this abuse often leads them following their examples, or violent retaliation against their abusers. Children who suffer from serious types of abuse in their own homes should be separated from the sources as early as possible. Removing the children from their abusers would drastically improve their chances of a living a crime-free life. To solve this problem, more effort and resources must be spent on finding and rescuing these children. Child welfare should be improved to increase its effectiveness in seeking out cases of child abuse. Childhelp, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse, reports that five children die every day as a victim of abuse. Clearly the problem is a large scale one and requires a large scale counterattack, but the resources put into protecting children will also prevent future crimes. One way you can help is by writing to your governor about your concerns, pushing for more vigilant and improved child welfare services. Most importantly, report any grounded suspicions of child abuse. Victims mostly do not report themselves, so it is up to others to help them. This ugly reality is common and can no longer be ignored, if something is to change here, then we must take action.

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