dddn in the world of crimeis perhaps the most dangerous challenge facing society and law enforcementever. They are younger, more brutal, and completely unafraid of the law.Violent teenage criminals are increasingly vicious. Young people, often frombroken homes or so-called dysfunctional families, who commit murder, rape,robbery, kidnapping, and other violent acts. These emotionally damagedyoung people, often are the products of sexual or physical abuse. They live inan aimless and violent present and have no sense of the past and no hope forthe future.
These young criminals commit unspeakably brutal crimes againstother people, often to gratify whatever urges or desires drive them at themoment and their utter lack of remorse is shocking (Worsham 1997). Studiesreveal that the major cause of violent crime is not poverty but familybreakdown; specifically, the absence of a father in the household. Today,one-fourth of all the children in the United States are living in fatherless homeswhich adds up to 19 million children without fathers. Compared to children intwo parent family homes, these children will be twice as likely to drop out ofschool, twice as likely to have children out of wedlock, and they stand morethan three times the chance of ending up in poverty, and almost ten timesmore likely to commit violent crime and ending up in jail (Easton 1995). TheHeritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, reported that the rise inviolent crime over the past 30 years runs directly parallel to the rise infatherless families. In every state in our country, according to the Heritagefoundation, the rate for juvenile crime is closely linked to the percentage ofchildren raised in single-parent families. While it has long been thought thatpoverty is the primary cause of crime, the facts simply do not support thisview. Teenage criminal behavior has its roots in habitual deprivation ofparental love and affection going back to early infancy, according to theHeritage Foundation.
A father’s attention to his son has enormous positiveeffects on a boy’s emotional and social development. Deloach 2 But a boyabandoned by his father is deprived of a deep sense of personal security. In awell-functioning family the very presence of the father embodies authority andthis paternal authority is critical to the prevention of psychopathology anddelinquency . “The overwhelming common factor that can be isolated indetermining whether young people will be criminal in their behavior is moralpoverty,” Parker says (Parker 1996).
Psychologists can predict by the age of6 who’ll be the super-predators. According to experts, child abuse andparents addicted to alcohol ruins these childrens lives. Each generation ofcrime-prone boys has been about three times as dangerous as the one beforeit. Psychologists believe the downhill slide into utter moral bankruptcy isabout to speed up because each generation of youth criminals is growing upin more extreme conditions of “moral poverty” than the one before it.
Moralpoverty is defined as “growing up surrounded by deviant, delinquent, andcriminal adults in abusive, violence-ridden, fatherless, godless, and joblesssettings. The “super-predator” is a breed of criminal so dangerous that eventhe older inmates working their way through life sentences complain that theiryouthful counterparts are out of control. Super predators are raised in homesvoid of loving, capable, responsible adults who teach you right from wrong. Itis the poverty of being without parents, guardians, relatives, friends, teachers,coaches, clergy and others who habituate you to feel joy at others’ joy, painat others’ pain, happiness when you do right, remorse when you do wrong. Itis the poverty of growing up in the virtual absence of people who teach theselessons by their own everyday example, and who insist that you follow suitand behave accordingly (Zoglin 1996). The need to rebuild and resurrect thecivil society (families, churches, community groups) of high-crime,drug-plagued urban neighborhoods is not an intellectual or researchhypothesis that requires testing. It’s a moral and social imperative thatrequires doing – and doing now (Duin 1996).
A super predator is actually ayoung psychopath or psychotic, almost completely without Deloach 3ambition, and are often of below average intelligence. They do not recognize,intellectually or otherwise, any rules of society. While psychopaths and thesuper-predator both share the inability to feel emotion, the psychopath canfeign it to achieve a result.
The super predator seems completely incapable ofeven that. More interestingly, the super predator is remarkably candid. Theywill more often than not admit not only to their crimes, but also as to the why.
They feel as if nothing wrong was done and would do it again if placed in thesame situation. When asked what was triggering the explosion of violenceamong today’s young street criminals, a group of life-term New Jerseyprisoners did not voice the conventional explanations such as economicpoverty or joblessness. Instead, these hardened men cited the absence ofpeople – family, adults, teachers, preachers, coaches who would care enoughabout young males to nurture and discipline them (Zoglin 1996). Even moreshocking than the sheer volume of violent juvenile crime is the brutality of thecrime committed for trivial motives: a pair of sneakers, a jacket, a real orimagined insult, and a momentary cheap thrill.
For example: a 59-year-oldman out on a morning stroll in Lake Tahoe was fatally shot four times byteenagers “looking for someone to scare.” The police say the four teenagers,just 15 and 16 years old, were “thrill shooting.” Another example can be thecase of a 12-year-old and two other youths were charged with kidnapping a57-year-old man and taking a joy ride in his Toyota. As the man pleaded forhis life, the juveniles shot him to death (Duin 1996). Deloach 4 ‘Works Cited1. Duin, Julia Alarm over crime puts focus on our nation’s moral crisis.
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