The causes of youth crime

This selection of sources represents a range of views from the past about why young people commit crime.

  • How reliable are these arguments? Are the ideas and explanations backed up by evidence or research?
  • How is youth crime understood and explained today?

Find out about the types of crime committed by young people today. Research contemporary ideas about the causes of youth crime (newspapers, political policy, independent research reports and official statistics are good sources).

Cheap Literature and Juvenile Crime

The Roots of Crime

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