RE-THINKING, RE-SHAPING, & RE-EVALUATING: THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ADULT CRIMINALITY AND JUVENILE DELINQUENCY


 Tammy Kister

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By Brother Bey , Fraternal Order of X-Offenders | December 1, 2008

FOXO’S Theme for December 2008 is: Who Benefits???President-Elect Barack Obama’s platform was ‘Change’ and 65 million diverse voters responded. FOXO’s question, based upon the following statistical epidemic question to the nation is WHO BENEFITS when too many of our youth are making unhealthy and unlawful choices that influence public safety and public policy to their detriment?FOXO challenges all readers to initiate a comparative analysis of their juvenile delinquency problems to assess whether youth delinquency is a systemic, endemic, epidemic and pandemic pathology that results in genocide. Readers, ask yourself the question, ‘Is the realities of the Baltimore City’s pandemic a local Microcosm of the nation’s Macrocosm of the Juvenile Delinquency Problem in America?Who Benefits??? If your answer is yes to the quest ion, then who are the beneficiaries? Are they the Republicans or Democrats, Law Enforcement or the Correctional Industrial Prison Complex? The juvenile population in Baltimore City exceeds the national norm in the areas of injuries, arrests, violent deaths, substance abuse, out of home placements, school police reports and low school attendance. In January 2001, the Surgeon General of the United States in his report on Youth Violence examined the facts that lead youth to gravitate towards violence. Historically, children and youth are not progenitors or creators of society’s anti-social deviant behavior. FOXO’S premise has always been, “All behavior is learned behavior. People learn what they live, then they live what they learn.” Criminal behavior is learned through social interactions and deviant values are being transmitted from one generation to the next generation. Most youth offenders have had a family member or a significant other in their peer group that has been arrested for some type of unlawful act. More important, Maryland ranks fourth in juvenile crimes and tried in juvenile homicide in the nation. While Baltimore City youth commit almost one-fourth of the City’s murders, what then is the problem? As we shall see, in essence, there has been a complete breakdown of the lawful conventional socialization process in our youth in Baltimore City. Contrary to popular political verbal intentions, the following factual statistical data indicates the care of Baltimore’s social chaotic delinquency tension.FOXO’s research of Juvenile Arrest Statistics for the year of 2001 total was 9931. Conversely, the juvenile arrest statistics for the year of 2000 total was 9926. Therefore, juvenile crimes did not decrease as some special interest groups would lead the community to believe. Arrest comparison by criminal category is more profound between the years of 2000 and 2001. SEE THE FOXO JUVENILE ARREST CHART. FOXO contends that crime in Baltimore Cit is a community problem and stands today as one of the most serious challenges to win the hearts and minds of our young people, evident by the magnitude of juvenile arrest breakdown by districts.FOXO JUVENILE ARREST CHARTDISTRICT LOCATION NUMBER OF JUVENILE ARRESTSCentral District 607Eastern District 1202Northern District 985Northeastern District 702Northwestern District 927Southeastern District 859Southern District 858Southwestern District 891Western District 1173Coppin State University 2Note*1725 arrests or more were re-arrests. Baltimore youth arrest is exacerbated via the recidivism epidemic of repeat offenders. Based on the aforementioned data, Baltimore has a very serious and unique problem with its youth crime, drugs, and violence pathology via the social learning theory. However, Baltimore City has the unique opportunity to be a prototype to incorporate an innovative, creative model that will include the personal and professional wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of this phenomenon known as juvenile delinquency and adult criminality.*We advocate that the stakeholders critique their juvenile arrest rate per police district to decipher the prevalence of juvenile delinquency within each police district and each locality throughout each city within the state of Texas.