juvenile homicide


This paper is for a juvenile delinquency class


For a long period of time, cases of juvenile murder have formed the largest story in the headlines of many newspapers and other publications. This is where children below the age of 18 years commit murder or kill other people. According to many laws in different countries, kids are not supposed to be subjected to the same punishments of murder as the case of adults. Many scholars and researchers have been for a long period of time determined to find out the cause of juvenile murder. When minors participate in illegal behaviors they are not tried and punished in a similar manner to the adults as it is indicated that they are too young to realize their mistakes. In the United States for instance, between 60-80% of the youths engage in juvenile crimes which lead to the death of the victims. Many people have studied and researching the real cause of juvenile homicide especially when children under the age of ten kill their colleagues. It has been indicated by many people that parenting and school environments are some of the major contributors of this menace. In this case, parents who do not provide their children with good and proper parenting skills or beat them or have violent behaviors, in one way or the other teach their children to be violent. This is because when children are young they are said to copy most of their behavior from their parents and relatives. Using available information concerning juvenile homicides, several conclusions can be drawn. First, a disproportionate number of children who commit murder reside in communities with high incidences of frequent infant mortality and poverty indicating that life is not valued. These children are products of violent and chaotic families. Third, these are kids are likely to be youngsters lacking the capacity to identify with other people in community, or prepsychotic kids who murder as an expression of intense emotional conflicts.