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Race and Ethnicity Juvenile Offenders 1

Axia College of University of Phoenix Race and Ethnicity Juvenile Offenders CJA 344


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Over time, the crime rate for juvenile offenders has steadily increased. Juveniles are being arrested for more violent crimes than ever before. Gang related crimes, murders, assaults, and rapes to name a few. These crimes are limited to a single gender either, both male and female juveniles are committing the acts. This has become such a problem that for the first time in history record amounts of juveniles are entering the criminal justice system. The term ethnicity pertains to cultural and physical characteristics used to classify people and place them in groups or categories considered to be different from others. A race is a variety of species consisting of a distinct population with anatomical traits that distinguish it from other races (Race and Ethnicity Overview, 2006). Juvenile offenders are young people under a certain age as defined by law that commits a crime. Each state has its own definition of a juvenile and its age limit. In most states, the age limit is 17 and some states set the age limit as low as 14. The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers anyone under the age of 18 to be a juvenile (Juvenile Offenders, 2007, para. 1).

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