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Study: One in Three Youths Arrested by Age 23

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During the course of the next year, two guys on television are going to spend considerable time telling us they do not want “government expansion”.  During the past 40 years both major parties have had their time in power and now both Republicans and Democrats can share the responsibility for a swelling government.

One of the fallouts of a larger government is more laws to enforce.  Criminologist Ron Christenson published a study forty years ago that showed 22% of those aged 18-23 were arrested.  Today that number has grown to over 30%.  Many cite drug laws that were not heavily enforced before the 1960s.  Additionally, many smaller issues were handled by police without arrests being issued.  Criminologist Megan Kurlychek said that “Society is a lot less tolerant of these teenage behaviors.”  Also, while there may not be a statistic to indicate patience levels, there seems to be a breakdown in communication.  Instead of yelling at teens or going to their parents, neighbors seem more trigger happy to pick up a phone and file a police report.

Of course we know how marijuana fits into all of this.  Over half of all narcotic related arrests in the United States are for marijuana possession.  Overall there were 853,838 marijuana arrests in the United States in 2010.  While this was on a national level, recent reports showed a detail breakdown of California marijuana arrests.  The study indicated that over half of all the marijuana possession charges were for teens.  With billions of taxpayer dollars directed toward marijuana incarcerations, processing, and court resources, certainly the question has to be asked.  Why are we spending so much time and money by putting our youth in jail?

There are many clichés about the youth being our future, but I have yet to hear any on jail being an inevitable destination for so much of the next generation.  In our current economic crisis, those looking for a job and to support a family may be left with few options if they have a criminal record following them.  Many feel this is intentional as the supply of quality jobs will never meet the demand so applicants have to be filtered out somehow.  That of course is not provable but the fact that our legal system is arresting more young adults is.  So we have to ask why in fact we do have a growing government, so it can expand in conjunction with penitentiaries?

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