02_histjuv_o - Historical Perspectives on Juveniles and...

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Historical Perspectives on Juveniles and   Misbehavior (Jan 11) Bernard – Ch 3:  What stays the same in  History? Five aspects of JD/JJ stayed the same (200 yrs) 1) Young males commit more crime 2) Special laws for juveniles 3) Juveniles punished less severely  4) Many believe Juv. Crime is worse now 5) Blame JJ policies  -> The Myth of the “good old days” 6 th  idea - This is new problem Juvenile Crime Trends Current Juvenile population = 8% 2x more arrests (about 16% of arrests) 1900-1950  - only about 4.5% of arrests Juvenile Arrests peaked in 1974 (45%)
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Constant Perception of JD Problem Despite real numbers Why do young men do more crime?  Bernard says it doesn’t matter… Status Offenses  Decriminalize them? De-institutionalization?  Unintended Consequences of each Different Laws for Juveniles Historical Precedent Age and Intent (“Mens Rea”)  The “Good Old Days” Socrates 2000 years ago Super-predators in the 1990s Media Accounts vs. Reality
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