How to keep juveniles away from Crime

nm_gang_arrest_090130_mnHOW TO KEEP THEM FROM CRIME?

The journey into crime is like a resume: Places where young people live is critical for their experience, as are relationships with family, friends, ‘professionals’ and other “influencers”, life events and support or lack thereof and the subjective meaning for them; are all factors contributing to delinquency. Propensity for violence is the result of the accumulation of risk factors, no single one of which is either necessary or suf ficient for a person to behave aggressively toward others.

People will be violent by virtue of the presence or absence of different sets of risk factors. There is no single path in a person’s life that leads to an act of violence. The aggression necessary for most crimes is mostly a learned factor, and can be unlearned.  Continue reading