Juvenile Violent Crime (Problem/Solution)

Have you ever wondered what kids do after school? Well, many of them are left unsupervised until their parents get home. Data has shown that Juvenile violence peaks in the afterschool hours on school days and in the evenings on non-school days. On non-school days, the incidence of juvenile violence increases through the afternoon and early evening hours, peaking between 7pm and 9pm. The number of school days in a year is essentially equal to the number of non-school days in a year. Despite this split, most (63%) violent crimes committed by juveniles occur on school days. Nearly one-fifth (19%) of juvenile violent crimes occur in the 4 hours between 3pm and 7pm on school days. A smaller proportion of juvenile crime (15%) occurs during the standard juvenile curfew hours of 10pm to 6am (inclusive of both school and non-school days). The annual number of hours in the curfew period ( 8 hours every day in the year) is 4 times greater than the number of hours in the in the 3pm to 7pm period on school days (4 hours in half of the days in the year). Therefore, the rate of juvenile violence in the afterschool period is 5 times the rate in the juvenile curfew period (inclusive of both school and non-school days). Consequently, efforts to reduce juvenile crime after school would appear to have greater potential to decrease a community's violent crime rate than do juvenile curfews.

Why does this happen? the problem is that 15.1 million kids in America are left unsupervised after school. What is the solution? Resolve to keep kids involved in positive activities afterschool instead of leaving them unsupervised and more willing to yield to peer pressure and bad behavior. Boys and Girls Club of America provides a safe place for kids to learn and grow every day after school. They are open from 3:00-6:30. Find one near you to keep juveniles out of crime statistics.

Source:

http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa3301.asp