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Crime at an Early Age: “Let's Give ‘Em a Break”
Crime at an early age: “Let's give ‘em a break”

Most people are surprised to learn that whether or not kids are placed on probation “first thing out of the chute,” those who begin committing crimes at age 15 or younger are three or four times more likely to become chronic juvenile offenders than those who begin offending as older teenagers. The greatest differences are among those declared “wards of the court” because the seriousness of their crimes and potential threat to public safety warrant direct court involvement through supervision and interventions provided by the probation department. First-time wards are more likely to be burglars, auto thieves, and assailants rather than shoplifters and graffiti vandals, or ...

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