June 3, 2018 at 12:37 pm #1882
The age perspective indicates a potential to internalize, greatly, the influence of that which is constant and rational to an individual observed within a specific age range. The focus locally was at one point, young Black boys, through programs such as Weed&Seed, P.A.L., The Law & You, D.A.R.E. and Police Cadets, along with extracurriculars such as baseball and basketball leagues. However, a noticeable margin has been identified between what was and what exists now, barely. Has anyone though about how these lacking efforts on the part of the government and community organizations have and are contributing to the growing criminality among youths of the Virgin Islands? Be it deviance in their environment, friends, an ill-intentioned action of another, or a concerned and protective disposition by others on their behalf, the age perspective indicates that criminality is likely influenced by consistency in social interactions – positive or negative.
However, the age outside of delinquency is not largely determinant for the individual’s position on the criminality spectrum. Age may speak to motivation as it indicates a potential level of individualistic and collective views of the world and of one’s self. Age, whether younger (juvenile) or older (teen and/or adult), when coupled with very low risk factors for deviant behavior sees little to no propensity towards crime in general but towards specific crime. I support the idea that age would contribute to criminal motivation locally, when the absence of positive social interaction is accounted for.
Whereas more sophisticated and organized criminal offenses occur at the hands of more mature, aged, and experienced individuals (criminals). Juvenile offenses range from self-harm to quality-of-life crimes such truancy & drug use, petite/grand larceny, in efforts of gaining notoriety, social advancement or acceptance, or psychological gratification relative to age-normative pleasures. It is important to note that criminality will, however, increase and remain prevalent if meaningful intervention is not performed before a critical point of trauma, psychological harm, or inevitable aging out of delinquency into full adult offender, or, out of situational adult offender into serial criminal. Thus, are we feeding our young men into the school to prison pipeline that has taken mass incarceration and special interest (private/for profit prisons and the prison industrial complex) to newer heights?June 7, 2018 at 1:19 pm #1896
It seems as if someone has noticed the trend of VI youths choosing a life of crime and have decided to find a way to profit from it.
Certainly we can expect a rise in complaints against police officers and arguably, some officers may be accused of being on the bankroll of powerful or monied individuals who own or will own these private prisons and Cole with police officers to terrorize citizens with an aim to making some quota imposed on them by these businessmen/owners.
The VI government had better find another option to rake in revenue, as there is a lot of potential to so earn. Creativity and management are needed now in the VI, not quick-fix solutions which will prove to be more costly in the long-run.
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