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Juvenile delinquency

Juvenile delinquency, also known as "juvenile offending", is participation in illegal behavior by minors (juveniles, i.e. individuals younger than the statutory age of majority). Most legal systems prescribe specific procedures for dealing with juveniles, such as juvenile detention centers, and courts. A juvenile delinquent in the United States is a person who is typically below 18 (17 in New York, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Texas) years of age and commits an act that otherwise would have been charged as a crime if they were an adult. Depending on the type and severity of the offense committed, it is possible for people under 18 to be charged and treated as adults.

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This topic has been so controversial and discussed in today's society. Personally, I think that youths that unfortunately fall into the path of juvenile delinquency should receive the opportunity at redemption, without getting judged harshly by others. Most of the youth that are juvenile delinquencies are just confused adolescents who are searching for someone or something to believe in them. If there were different programs or people there to give these misunderstood youths guidance and encouragement, the rate of juvenile delinquency will slowly but surely decrease.

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