Skip to comments.Many in U.S. (one third) Are Arrested by Age 23, Study Finds
Posted on 12/20/2011 5:00:59 AM PST by Libloather
Many in U.S. Are Arrested by Age 23, Study Finds
By ERICA GOODE
Published: December 19, 2011
By age 23, almost a third of Americans have been arrested for a crime, according to a new study that researchers say is a measure of growing exposure to the criminal justice system in everyday life.
The study, the first since the 1960s to look at the arrest histories of a national sample of adolescents and young adults over time, found that 30.2 percent of the 23-year-olds who participated reported having been arrested for an offense other than a minor traffic violation.
That figure is significantly higher than the 22 percent found in a 1965 study that examined the same issue using different methods. The increase may be a reflection of the justice system becoming more punitive and more aggressive in its reach during the last half-century, the researchers said. Arrests for drug-related offenses, for example, have become far more common, as have zero-tolerance policies in schools.
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Paraphrasing - We do not WANT you to obey the laws, there is no way to control a free and innocent man. Instead we make the laws TO be broken, therefore making you a criminal and giving us the ability, right and obligation to control you.
This probably covers illegals.
Maybe multiple arrests too
>> The study did not look at racial or regional differences, but other research has found higher arrest rates for black men and for youths living in poor urban areas.
No dads in the home = trouble. Thank you, LBJ, and all the “Great Society” pimps.
Interesting they specifically chose NOT to look at race. What possible reason could they have for that other than political correctness. The data is available in the National Longitudinal Study of Youth.
I do not believe that statistic for a minute. That would require every man and 1 in 10 women or an additional woman for every man not arrested by age 23. The methodology sounds screwy—asking teens and answering for those who didn’t—and the results could have been easily debunked by checking actual crime statistics.
Exactly. The increasing expansion of laws and regulations, along with ever increasing numbers of federal state and local agencies to enforce those laws and regulations means that we are going to have an increasing number of “criminals.” Your dog poops on a sidewalk and you are now a criminal. Throw away an environmentally friendly lightbulb and you are now a criminal. According to statistics, 99% of internet transactions are criminal because the purchaser does not fill out the form and pay the “use” tax to his state government.
Another example of selective polling results. Ridiculous.
No dads in the home = trouble.
I seldom see kids except at the gym. My workout buddy pointed out three young men Id never seen before and told me theyd been kicked off his sons soccer team because they were arrested for smoking pot. One of the mothers worked at the gym and shed made them come there so they wouldnt be at home alone after school. What did they have in common? Black and fatherless.
At a park in South Africa they were having problems with the adolescent male elephants killing younger hippos. They brought in a bull elephant from another park. When the adolescents harassed the hippos the bull elephant smacked them around. The killing stopped.
It takes two parents (not a village) to raise a child and one of them must be male.
When everything’s a crime, everyone’s a criminal.
That, and not wanting to be cut off from all future grant funding.
It is a great scam to implement gun control because if they can get you on a felony then you can no longer own a gun.
I think that higher arrest rates produces a society that no longer cares about the laws. It is like getting a disciplinarian write up at work, if everyone has one then they have all lost their meaning.
Some friends and I were clubbing in Myrtle Beach in the early 90’s. One friend got too drunk, did the smart thing and just passed out, on the passenger seat(without any keys in the ignition and the door closed) inside my vehicle parked in a 24 public parking lot. I was not drinking—I was the designated driver.
We arrived from clubbing,checked on him to see if he was OK and then walked to a Denny’s for breakfast. When we returned, the Myrtle Beach police were banging on the door,woke him up, dragged him out and proceeded to arrest him for public drunkenness.
Long story short: It was easier to pay the fine then argue with the police especially when the police realized I was NOT drinking and was responsible for driving my drunk crew home.
Sometimes, I believe many arrests like this are nothing more than raising money for local coffers.
Yep,and it's getting that way fast!
The sample is skewed ...
I believe it was Winston Churchill who said something about us having ten thousand regulations trying to uphold ten commandments.
Arrests for drug-related offenses, for example, have become far more common, as have zero-tolerance policies in schools.Bingo!
Little Timmy draws a stick-man saying 'Bang!' and it's off to Sing Sing for him. Dare to kiss your girlfriend in HS and the Geometry Teacher will call the cops, you'll be arrested, convicted, and then be a Registered Sex Offender for life.
And for sure don't ever get in a fight. You'll be charged with Mob Action, Felony Assault and Battery, Terrorism, and maybe a Hate Crime for good measure.
But it's just not in schools. Me and everyone I ever knew would be Convicted Felons if we had to grow up and live by todays 'laws'.
Make enough laws and everyone is a criminal.
I think the key modifier in the article was “those who chose to participate”. I like you call BS on this number.