Why do juveniles commit crimes?


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Common causes of juveniles committing crimes include family issues, drug use, peer pressure, problems in school and a lack of adult supervision. Each juvenile has his own reason for committing a crime, but these factors each increase the probability of it happening.

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Several different family problems can negatively influence a juvenile. These can include family members that have committed crimes, an abusive environment or a household that lacks discipline. Drug and alcohol use, particularly for minors, is a crime already. Both substances can also impair judgment, leading a juvenile to perform other crimes. Peers can be a good or a bad influence, depending on a juvenile's group of friends. Friends involved in negative activities, such as a gang, can often lead a juvenile to criminal activities. Problems in school may include low grades, lack of attendance or disciplinary actions, such as suspension or expulsion. School teaches students important life skills including listening to authority figures and socializing with others. Students who don't attend school or who perform poorly can miss out on developing these skills, causing issues in the future. School also gives students a supervised environment to keep them out of trouble. Juveniles who have a significant amount of time without adult supervision are more likely to commit crimes.

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