Juvenile delinquency is a problem that is getting out of control. Both the public and the government and other stakeholders are concerned that if it is not checked, a catastrophe is waiting to happen. Children are turning to crime at an alarming rate, they might have different reasons but they are still children in need of rescuing.
A society is guided by the elder members who bring forth their offsprings expecting them to learn their ways so as to continue their way of life. The persons so gotten are a representation of the elder persons' aspirations, pride and love. What is lacking in the current state of affairs are young individuals who are responsible enough to be considered fit for societal contact. A lot of teenagers commit a crime that lead to a jail sentence.
There are laws, personnel and institutions to deal with child offenders. Funds have been provided to aid programs which aim at delivering these children from destruction. This, however, has been met with an increased number of children not adhering to the laid down rules, thus many children being convicted of various offences.
There are many triggers of this type of behavior some of which are dysfunctional families, peer influence and lack of recreation facilities. The criminal system has failed to consider this group as a special group worth of monitoring. The methods used have not yet changed with the times and thus inadequate in fighting this vice. What needs to be done is an overhaul of the preventive, correction and rehabilitation systems. The family setup and the media also need to be critiqued for any influencing trait to this vice.
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