Juvenile Law and Justice

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Statistics, according to the text, indicate that most offenders eventually “age out” of crime. Why do you think this is so?

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There are a number of reasons why young offenders often age out of crime. Some of the principal explanations include the following:

Violent crimes and offenses such as burglary are often too physically taxing for an older person to commit.

Young people are statistically more likely to be poor than older people. This is obviously significant in cases where crimes are committed for financial gain.

Responsibility is a major deterrent to crime. Married people, people with children, and those with secure careers are all less likely to offend. All these demographics are typically older.

Neuroscientific research tells us that the parts of the brain governing perceptions of risk and reward do not develop fully until after the age of twenty-five, after which people are much less likely to offend (the peak age group for people who commit murder, for instance, is twenty to twenty-four).

Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on October 4, 2019
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