300 Word Plan
Topic: Youth crime is out of control. Focusing on a specific state jurisdiction, critically discuss this statement using available statistics and other relevant sources of knowledge/perceptions of young people's deviance and offending.
Introduction:
Youth crime is out of control in Victoria.
Youth crime is out of control because youth willingly choose to commit a crime for pleasure, youth crime has a long history which may indicate that youth have a biological predisposition to commit crime, and early exposure to crime and risk factors lead s to youth being labelled as criminals and forming their identity as delinquents.

Main Body Paragraph 1: It is a personal choice to engage in crime
Cultural criminologists have the view that crimes are committed by youths for the ‘thrill' of it, they do it out of pleasure. If so, then nothing can be put in place to stop them, because youth are making a consc ious decision to commit crimes knowing the consequences.

CSA stat istic s show that crimes that involve effort and planning have gone up , indicating conscious will and effort to commit crime.
Main Body Paragraph 2: Youth crime has a long history and is not decreasing therefore criminal behaviour could be genetic
A negative view on youth has a long history, it is something that ha s always been a part of society.
Biological Positivist Theory states that criminal tendencies are innate, therefore will always be a human characteristic.
AIC study from Tasmania look ed at how parents who are criminals have children who follow the same path, suggesting a genetic link , look ing three generations back on families.
Main Body Paragraph 3 : C hildren exposed to crime leads to op ening up more risk factors, which increases the likelihood to commit crimes and form an identity of being a criminal
Social Association theory suggests that people learn behaviours through the people in their environment .
Labelling theory states that people are labelled as criminals by agencies of social control and hence once an individual is labelled , they will form an identity around it.

If people are labelled as a cr iminal while they are young, re-offending rates will support that people accept their label ( Sentencing Advisory Council) .

Conclusion























Essay
Topic: Youth crime is out of control. Focusing on a specific state jurisdiction, critically discuss this statement using available statistics and other relevant sources of knowledge/perceptions of young people's deviance and offending.
Youth face a spotlight in the criminal justice system. The term ‘youth' itself is tied with negative perceptions from society. Youth crime is a very prevalent issue across the globe and it is out of control. Focusing on the jurisdiction of Victoria, Australia , youth crime is out of control because youth willingly choose to commit a crime for pleasure, youth crime has had a long history indicating adolescences may have a biological predisposition to commit crime, and early exposure to crime and risk factors lead to youth being labelled as criminals and forming their identity as delinquents.
Youth actively choose to partake in the act of committing a crime. Cultural criminologists state that youth will com mit crimes for the thrill of it and for the emotions it evokes within them (Martin 2017 , pp. 115) . Youth willingly want to experience the act of committing a crime in order to make life seem more exciting and adventurous . Deviance is a way for youth to take control of their live s and escape everyday routine as well (Martin 2017, pp. 115). By partaking in an act that is knowingly wrong and illegal to an individual, it is more appealing because of its high level of deviancy and therefore will be more thrilling. The classical school of criminology states that humans exercise crime as a part of their free will to make choices , run by their want for pleasure (Ryan 2017 pp. 81) . This supports the notion that youth delinquents are capable of making their own decisions and can comprehend the consequences but still commit crime s for the sake of pleasure. T he presumption of doli incapax also dictates that a child is incapable of crime ,