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Juvenile Crimes/Delinquency Archives

Teen avoids prison time in drug-related death of 17-year-old friend

Roughly one year ago, we wrote a blog post about five Minnesota teens who were facing serious criminal charges related to the overdose death of a 17-year-old Woodbury girl. The five were accused of providing the girl with a synthetic drug that was manufactured to mimic the effects of the hallucinogenic drug LSD.

Two juveniles arrested in connection with downtown St. Patrick's Day riot

There's a saying that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, and cities across the U.S. often have parades and other fun events to celebrate the holiday. According to the Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Association, the city's St. Patrick's Day parade tradition dates back to 1969 and today is considered a fun family event.

Why juvenile incarceration isn't the solution

Historically, when it comes to dealing with juvenile offenders, the United States has taken a tough love approach. Punishments for crimes committed by individuals under the age of 18 may include incarceration at a juvenile detention facility. For the kids who end up in these facilities, high school graduation rates drop by nearly 40 percent while rates of incarceration by age 25 increase 41 percent.

Teens facing criminal charges are often at a critical juncture

Many of us can likely remember back to our teenage years and recall one or more things we did of which we're not proud. From sneaking out of a parent's home to attend an underage drinking party to experimenting with drugs to stealing clothing or other items from a store; even good kids make bad decisions. Teens are often highly influenced by their peers and a desire to fit. In cases where a teen is discovered by be drinking and driving or in the possession of illegal drugs, it’s important to note that one bad decision can have serious and far-reaching implications.

Alternative sentencing programs provide hope for juvenile offenders

Growing up, every Minnesota resident can likely recall doing something they shouldn't have done and that may have even been illegal. From underage drinking to breaking and entering, teens sometimes make mistakes that can have serious and far-reaching implications.

Defending against criminal charges requires individualized approach

Anyone who has ever been arrested and charged with committing a crime, understands how scary and devastating the experience can be. An arrest and criminal conviction can negatively impact an individual’s life in numerous and unexpected ways. From a juvenile who is convicted of drug possession and loses a college scholarship to a respected business man who is convicted of DUI and suffers professionally, the ripple effects of a criminal arrest and conviction could permanently and negatively alter the course of an individual’s life.

Most serious charges against teen accused of plotting mass shooting dismissed

Minneapolis area residents likely recall hearing about 17-year-old John LaDue's arrest last spring. The teen was arrested after a woman became suspicious of his behavior at a storage facility and called police. Upon findng LaDue at the storage site, police also discovered explosive devices and the troubled teen's plot to kill his family and carryout a mass shooting at his high school.

Why would a juvenile confess to a crime he or she did not commit?

When an individual who is accused of committing a crime subsequently confesses to committing the crime, it seems likely he or she is guilty. Research indicates, however, this frequently isn’t the case in a large percentage of confessions involving juvenile offenders.

Mental illness often undiagnosed and untreated in juvenile suspects

The sheer number of recent violent U.S. juvenile crimes have become the center of much heartache, outrage and debate. As politicians argue over gun laws, schools take steps to protect against possible violent acts and Minnesota parents worry every time their children are out of sight; the serious mental and emotional problems suffered by many U.S. juveniles continue to go undiagnosed and untreated.

Juveniles with mental illnesses belong in treatment, not prison

We recently discussed in a blog post concerns related to the notion that Minnesota jails and prisons are becoming holding pens for individuals in desperate need of serious psychiatric and medical care. Just this week, a news story provided details about a 17-year-old Minnesota teen's plans to shoot and kill his entire family and then continue his murderous rampage at a school.

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Juvenile Criminal
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Christa Jacqueline Groshek
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