Deloach 1 Juvenile Criminals This newest phenomeno


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is perhaps the most dangerous challenge facing society and law enforcement
ever. They are younger, more brutal, and completely unafraid of the law.

Violent teenage criminals are increasingly vicious. Young people, often from
broken homes or so-called dysfunctional families, who commit murder, rape,
robbery, kidnapping, and other violent acts. These emotionally damaged
young people, often are the products of sexual or physical abuse. They live in
an aimless and violent present and have no sense of the past and no hope for
the future. These young criminals commit unspeakably brutal crimes against
other people, often to gratify whatever urges or desires drive them at the
moment and their utter lack of remorse is shocking (Worsham 1997). Studies
reveal that the major cause of violent crime is not poverty but family
breakdown; specifically, the absence of a father in the household. Today,
one-fourth of all the children in the United States are living in fatherless homes
which adds up to 19 million children without fathers. Compared to children in
two parent family homes, these children will be twice as likely to drop out of
school, twice as likely to have children out of wedlock, and they stand more
than three times the chance of ending up in poverty, and almost ten times
more likely to commit violent crime and ending up in jail (Easton 1995). The
Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, reported that the rise in
violent crime over the past 30 years runs directly parallel to the rise in
fatherless families. In every state in our country, according to the Heritage
foundation, the rate for juvenile crime is closely linked to the percentage of
children raised in single-parent families. While it has long been thought that
poverty is the primary cause of crime, the facts simply do not support this
view. Teenage criminal behavior has its roots in habitual deprivation of
parental love and affection going back to early infancy, according to the
Heritage Foundation. A father’s attention to his son has enormous positive
effects on a boy’s emotional and social development. Deloach 2 But a boy
abandoned by his father is deprived of a deep sense of personal security. In a
well-functioning family the very presence of the father embodies authority and
this paternal authority is critical to the prevention of psychopathology and
delinquency . “The overwhelming common factor that can be isolated in
determining whether young people will be criminal in their behavior is moral
poverty,” Parker says (Parker 1996). Psychologists can predict by the age of
6 who’ll be the super-predators. According to experts, child abuse and
parents addicted to alcohol ruins these childrens lives. Each generation of
crime-prone boys has been about three times as dangerous as the one before
it. Psychologists believe the downhill slide into utter moral bankruptcy is
about to speed up because each generation of youth criminals is growing up
in more extreme conditions of “moral poverty” than the one before it. Moral
poverty is defined as “growing up surrounded by deviant, delinquent, and
criminal adults in abusive, violence-ridden, fatherless, godless, and jobless
settings. The “super-predator” is a breed of criminal so dangerous that even
the older inmates working their way through life sentences complain that their
youthful counterparts are out of control. Super predators are raised in homes
void of loving, capable, responsible adults who teach you right from wrong. It
is the poverty of being without parents, guardians, relatives, friends, teachers,
coaches, clergy and others who habituate you to feel joy at others’ joy, pain
at others’ pain, happiness when you do right, remorse when you do wrong. It
is the poverty of growing up in the virtual absence of people who teach these
lessons by their own everyday example, and who insist that you follow suit
and behave accordingly (Zoglin 1996). The need to rebuild and resurrect the
civil society (families, churches, community groups) of high-crime,
drug-plagued urban neighborhoods is not an intellectual or research
hypothesis that requires testing. It’s a moral and social imperative that
requires doing – and doing now (Duin 1996). A super predator is actually a
young psychopath or psychotic, almost completely without Deloach 3
ambition, and are often of below average intelligence. They do not recognize,
intellectually or otherwise, any rules of society. While psychopaths and the
super-predator both share the inability to feel emotion, the psychopath can
feign it to achieve a result. The super predator seems completely incapable of
even that. More interestingly, the super predator is remarkably candid. They
will more often than not admit not only to their crimes, but also as to the why.

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They feel as if nothing wrong was done and would do it again if placed in the
same situation. When asked what was triggering the explosion of violence
among today’s young street criminals, a group of life-term New Jersey
prisoners did not voice the conventional explanations such as economic
poverty or joblessness. Instead, these hardened men cited the absence of
people – family, adults, teachers, preachers, coaches who would care enough
about young males to nurture and discipline them (Zoglin 1996). Even more
shocking than the sheer volume of violent juvenile crime is the brutality of the
crime committed for trivial motives: a pair of sneakers, a jacket, a real or
imagined insult, and a momentary cheap thrill. For example: a 59-year-old
man out on a morning stroll in Lake Tahoe was fatally shot four times by
teenagers “looking for someone to scare.” The police say the four teenagers,
just 15 and 16 years old, were “thrill shooting.” Another example can be the
case of a 12-year-old and two other youths were charged with kidnapping a
57-year-old man and taking a joy ride in his Toyota. As the man pleaded for
his life, the juveniles shot him to death (Duin 1996). Deloach 4 ‘Works Cited
1. Duin, Julia Alarm over crime puts focus on our nation’s moral crisis., The
Washington Times, 11-17-1996, pp 31. 2. Easton, Nina J The Crime
Doctor Is In; But Not Everyone Likes Professor. JohnDiIulio’s Message,
There Is No Big Fix; Home Edition., Los Angeles Times, 05-02-1995, pp
E-1. 3. Parker, Shafer, Violence With a Youthful Face.., Vol. 23, Alberta
Report /Western Report, 06-17-1996, pp 27. 4. Richard Zoglin Reported
By Sam Allis/Boston And Ratu Kamlani, New York, Crime: Now For the
Bad News: A Teenage Time Bomb , TIME, 01-15-1996, pp 52+. 5.

Worsham, James-Blakely, Stephen-al, et, Crime and Drugs., Vol. 85,
Nation’s Business, 02-01-1997, pp 24.
Deloach 4 ‘Works Cited 1. Duin, Julia Alarm over crime puts focus on our
nation’s moral crisis., The Washington Times, 11-17-1996, pp 31. 2.

Easton, Nina J The Crime Doctor Is In; But Not Everyone Likes Professor.

JohnDiIulio’s Message, There Is No Big Fix; Home Edition., Los Angeles
Times, 05-02-1995, pp E-1. 3. Parker, Shafer, Violence With a Youthful
Face.., Vol. 23, Alberta Report /Western Report, 06-17-1996, pp 27. 4.

Richard Zoglin Reported By Sam Allis/Boston And Ratu Kamlani, New
York, Crime: Now For the Bad News: A Teenage Time Bomb , TIME,
01-15-1996, pp 52+. 5. Worsham, James-Blakely, Stephen-al, et, Crime
and Drugs., Vol. 85, Nation’s Business, 02-01-1997, pp 24.
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