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Juvenile Delinquency in Berkshire, MA

Unfortunately, in many areas of the Berkshire County, juvenile delinquency issues are on the rise. There are many reasons for the rise in youth offenders. The juvenile sentence in Massachusetts often depends on the severity of the crime, the number of crimes, and other family matters.

In 2017, a total of 576 juvenile cases were reported for every 100,000 people age 10 to adulthood in the jurisdiction of Berkshire County. Of that total, 45% of those proceedings were delinquencies which equaled 262 court cases. Another 21% were dependency cases that accounted for 123 of the juvenile cases.

A lot of counties, including, Berkshire County, are focusing on family therapy and relationships rather than punishment for juvenile crimes. Future Berkshire County juvenile delinquency numbers will show whether or not this approach is working.

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