Juvenile Crime Picture

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The Bigger Picture of Juvenile Delinquency
“I believe that the children are our future.” “Teach them well and let them lead the way,” these words are from a well-known song. However, are children really are future? Crimes done by juveniles are not new to our society. Since 1980, the population of delinquents had been doubled. The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) reported that form 1995 to 2000, more than 52,000 juveniles violate the law. DSWD had a separate data showing that from 2001 to 2010, more than 64,000 delinquents were at the custody of the government and every year, their number increases. Since then, the number has been constantly and aggressively increasing (Culong, OIC of the youth offenders division, DSWD-NCR, n.d.).
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“Gab” had done theft, burglary, and abuse of drugs and solvents several times. “Anjo” committed arson at age of eight. “Troy,” who was charged of frustrated homicide at age seventeen. One Sunday dawn, Mark Joseph Barrientos was attacked and murdered by “Crips” gang members without warning. Marlon raped his younger sister at the age of 10. March 2009, Charise Sarusal, a thirteen-year-old girl was gang raped and slaughtered by teenagers who were under the influence of drugs and rubber cement. These shocking crimes are just some of the thousands done by delinquents. Thirteen year old boy shot himself and his 16 year old companion and at the SM Mall in Pampanga. Twelve year old boy accused of raped a three year old girl in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Fifteen year old boy who robbed, raped and nearly killed his employer in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Knowing that juveniles who were immature did these crimes, one may think, what influenced them to do such…show more content…
The minimum age of criminal liability will remain at 15 however, under the Supreme Court, any child aging 12 and had committed serious crimes would be put in a youth care facility or Bahay Pagasa for them to be taken care of properly. Senator Francis Pangilinan, the chief creator of the bill said that any child whose age is ranging from 12 to 15 and had committed an atrocious crime is punishable by more than 12 years of imprisonment and would be deemed a neglected child under the Child and Youth Welfare Code. These crimes includes murder, infanticide, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, rape, destructive arson and crimes. Children younger than 15 who did not commit any heinous crimes would be subjected to a community based program for them to be responsible. Pangilinan added, if the child was abandoned, abused, neglected or was found independent by the social workers responsible, he/she would be subjected to a youth care facility or Bahay Pagasa even though he/she is 15 or

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