Juvenile crime in Georgia has long-term effects on families and communities as a whole. While many parents and educators go to great lengths to raise responsible, law-abiding children, exposure to certain factors can increase the risks of juvenile delinquency.
When adults understand the impact of such risks on youth, they may more effectively circumvent poor behavior before it worsens. Delinquent juveniles that have adequate support can take control of their lives and capitalize on the opportunities they have.
The value of structure
Childhood and adolescent years are some of the most critical for a person’s development. According to a startling statistic shared by ACLU, experts report that the United States has the highest number of incarcerated youths. Often, juveniles that cycle through the system lack the structure that a stable home provides.
Some common risk factors that may increase a youth’s likelihood of criminal conduct include the following:
- Exposure to drugs and alcohol
- Abuse at home or at school
- Psychological or behavioral disorders
- Complicated family dynamics
- Exposure to violence
The power of support
Delinquent juveniles face varying degrees of punishment depending on their offense. According to Maryville University, juvenile crimes include obstruction of justice, assault, disorderly conduct, larceny and various drug violations.
Youth facing criminal charges may benefit from the unconditional love and support of authority figures in their life. Parents and guardians may consider enrolling their child in a rehabilitation or counseling program. Educators can help reinforce concepts taught at home and help youth identify the dangers of delinquent behavior. In positive circumstances, dependable support and genuine encouragement can help delinquent youth reverse their behavior and make positive, sustainable life changes.