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Old 12-19-2011, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Nearly one in three people will be arrested by the time they are 23, a study to be published today in Pediatrics found.

"Arrest is a pretty common experience," says Robert Brame, a criminologist at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and principal author of the study.

Nearly 1 in 3 will be arrested by age 23
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:12 AM
 
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I love this line from a school professor, it actually ticked me off. In my opinion it just shows why there's a lack of personal accountability in schools, or in life, these days.

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Arrest records "follow you forever. The average teenager who steals an iPod or is arrested for possession of marijuana — why do we make that define their lives?"
WE don't make it define their lives. That person made a choice. Getting caught may have been the best thing that ever happened to them.

Now, if they stay clean after making that mistake then great for them. If they want to continue to play the victim (which is probably why they stole in the first place), then that's their choice too and will eventually pay for it.

I have a couple of friends who got arrested as teenagers and are very successful today.

Everyone makes mistakes....it's how you recover from those mistakes that matter.

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Old 12-19-2011, 07:26 AM
 
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I love this line from a school professor, it actually ticked me off. In my opinion it just shows why there's a lack of personal accountability in schools, or in life, these days.



WE don't make it define their lives. That person made a choice. Getting caught may have been the best thing that ever happened to them.

Now, if they stay clean after making that mistake then great for them. If they want to continue to play the victim (which is probably why they stole in the first place), then that's their choice too and will eventually pay for it.

I have a couple of friends who got arrested as a teenager and are very successful today.

Everyone makes mistakes....it's how you recover from those mistakes that matter.
And whether you can afford a good Attorney! And what you are arrested for. All these things have an effect on anyone recovering and doing well after an arrest. imo
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:41 AM
 
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And whether you can afford a good Attorney! And what you are arrested for. All these things have an effect on anyone recovering and doing well after an arrest. imo
I'll give you the attorney, and some of what they were arrested for. Murder, manslaughter and the like should carry more weight than stealing an iPod.

The people I know, the crimes were relatively minor.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:28 AM
 
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I'll give you the attorney, and some of what they were arrested for. Murder, manslaughter and the like should carry more weight than stealing an iPod.

The people I know, the crimes were relatively minor.
I suspect that most of the crimes that resulted in an actual arrest (as opposed to a citation) were drug-related. We Americans have yet to figure out what we want to do about the drug problem. It ought to be clear to anyone that simply filling the jails full of drug offenders is an inadequate and expensive solution. When we consider the problems that alcoholism has created for society it seems incongruous to make a huge deal out of marijuana use. Yet in many small communities in the Midwest and the South it is considered a "big deal".

Many offenders could be dealt with better inside the confines of an effective drug or alcohol treatment program than inside a prison system or jail.

I don't have all the answers on this one, but I'm convinced that there are better and more cost-effective alternatives than what we are currently doing.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:35 PM
 
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Great. I have four kids, one has been arrested as a teen. I guess that makes me about average, maybe a bit below. This is one area I am glad to not be above the norm.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:31 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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For every new law created, a new crime is created, and this country has more laws than brains.

Virtually impossible to go through life w/o breaking some moronic law.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:55 PM
 
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Years ago, when I did substance abuse counseling, it was funny, most of the cliemts there had bail bondsman in their phones as contacts.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Hmmmm...... guess I beat the odds.
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Old 12-26-2011, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Earth
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For every new law created, a new crime is created, and this country has more laws than brains.

Virtually impossible to go through life w/o breaking some moronic law.
The average American commits three felonies a day, according to attorney Harvey Silvergate.
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