Psychological factors leading to juvenile criminal behavior
According to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2014, there were more than 1.2 million people suffering from mental illness in prisons and jails across the United States. Also, it stated that people with mental illnesses are “on probation or parole at two to four times the rate for the general population.” Many juveniles charged with crimes go undiagnosed until it’s too late. The National Conference of State Legislatures has noted that 65 to 75 percent of children arrested in the United States suffer mental health issues.
Mental health is a topic that is not spoken of because of social stigma, and it’s not treated or diagnosed because of the expense. With almost three-quarters of the children arrested across the country suffering from mental illness, the answer for your child may not be incarceration but treatment. An attorney can help in having your child diagnosed and organize the proper treatment to help them move on to better lives.