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Why do Youths Commit Crimes and what do is being done about it?

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Why do Youths Commit Crimes and what do is being done about it? Introduction My project is on youth crime. I have decided to focus my project on how youths are treated, after they have been caught committing a crime. I want to see how the police handle the situation (i.e. when they caution the youth) and what is done to prevent the youth from committing any further crimes. I will use different types of research to make a fair argument. I have used the Internet, where I have gathered information including graphs and charts. I have also prepared 2 questionnaires. One is for the police and one is for youths who have been arrested. This is to show both views. This essay is to determine whether or not cautioning youth is effective enough to stop youths from committing more crimes, not just petty crimes but more serious ones such as robbery or even murder. I will show what the police are doing to stop youth crime and how it is being prevented with schemes, with perspective offenders who are usually from unsocial backgrounds. ...read more.

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So from this I can also predict that many other youths have also stolen bikes and cars, or have even shoplifted. Also on the first questionnaire filled out, I have been told that this person has vandalised a school and a stolen racing bike. Both youths said they were treated unfairly and were spoken to in a horrible manor. The second youth said "they treated me like a criminal", which is strange because they were arrested for committing a crime. They first youth said s/he was treated better once his/her father came to the station. What changes the government and the police are doing to prevent youth crime There are many reasons why youth commit crimes. It is thought that lone-parent families affect children so that it encourages juvenile crime and this is just one possible reason why youths commit crimes. There is a Crime and Disorder Act, which has made many changes to the youth justice system. The approach of punishment has been combined with a 'restorative' justice philosophy, so that it can: * To concentrate on the child's life so they can avoid ...read more.

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Aim of the youth justice system. 38. Local provision of youth justice services. 39. Youth offending teams. 40. Youth justice plans. 41. The Youth Justice Board. 42. Supplementary provisions. Another Scheme aimed at preventing youth crime is called Divert. I have found this scheme on the Internet. This is what Divert do: Spotlight on Youth Crime * One billion pounds is spent 'processing' young people through the criminal justice system each year. * Young people commit seven million offences each year. * Only three in one hundred crimes result in a conviction or even a caution. * 3% of young offenders commit 25% of offences. * Every �1 spent on youth crime prevention may save �6 in later costs. * The factors bearing on crime are well known - as well as what prevents young people from becoming offenders. Bibliography > AS Guru (Website) > The General Studies Text Book, Gareth Davies and Edward Little, supplied by Edexcel > Website: Metropolitan Police website o http://www.ask.co.uk/metasearch.asp?MetaEngine=DirectHit&MetaURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Emet%2Epolice%2Euk%2F&MetaTopic=The+Metropolitan+Police+Service&ItemOrdinal=5&aj_product=popularity&m=6&aj_is=yes&ask=How+effective+is+police+cautioning+in+the+UK%3F&qcategory=GOV_&qsource=21&origin=0&logid=9BBDF5919B4BC340891841271DE5C528&IsSexual=False Contents Page 1. Introduction 2. Main Body > Reasons Why youth Commit crimes > Answers from questionnaire and what they show > What changes the government and the police are doing to prevent youth crime > Conclusion 3. ...read more.

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