According to the Uniform Crime Report 2005, the juveniles (crime offenders below the age of 18 years) recorded the highest number of crime in the United States. Although there was a 2% increase in the number of crimes committed and reported in the year, in comparison to the year 2004, the juveniles reported the highest number of criminal cases, which totaled to 30% of the entire criminal cases reported in the United States in that year. From Bartol & Bartol’s analysis, most of these criminal activities and murders were psychologically affiliated, and an analysis from various psychologists indicated that mental frustration was the main aspect that contributed to these physical behaviors, which was an outflow of their psychological conditions. At the same time, according to Bartol & Bartol, the male gender reported the highest level of criminal and violent activities as well as murder. This was mainly due to the fact that the male gender is in a more open position to carry out criminal activities, based on several aspects such as uncontrollable psychological conditions, compared to the female gender, which is more submissive in nature. However, there is a disparity in the same, since the Uniform Crime Report 2005 reported that the female gender was ten times more likely to commit murder compared to their male counterparts. Lastly, the African American and the Mexican American ethnic groups reported the highest levels of violent crimes, collectively adding up to 76% of all the reported criminal crimes in USA, but reported lower levels of civil wrongs. This can be accredited to the ethnic groups’ environmental settings, which are mostly characterized with violence and crimes (Bartol & Bartol, 2008).
Bartol and Bartol have addressed the issue of sex offenders, and whether or not they should be treated. According to the United States of |America Constitution, it is the right of every citizen or resident to be accorded with treatment. This is in accordance with the Jacob Wetterling Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act of 1996, which gives the right to every sexual offender to be accorded with treatment. At the same time, considering the fact that other criminals are also accorded with treatment, the same should be upheld even for sexual offenders, otherwise the law will have adopted a discriminative approach in its execution. Lastly, the most essential thing to note concerning sexual offenders and treatment is the fact that it might take longer therapy to effectively contain their condition. Irrespective of whether or not they can be effectively treated, sexual offenders should be accorded with sexual education and psychological therapy, especially, as they serve their sentence terms. Whether or not they can be fully treated will be determined by carrying out a monitoring analysis, during and after the term, which will determine whether or not they fully recover, especially psychologically (Bartol & Bartol, 2012).
Bartol, C.R. & Bartol, A.M. (2008). Psychology of violence and intimidation. In J. Westby, K. Wiley, & T. Herlinger (Eds.), Introduction to forensic psychology: research and application (2nd ed.)(pp. 265-300). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc
Bartol, C.R. & Bartol, A.M. (2012). Psychology of violence and intimidation. In J. Westby, K. Wiley, & T. Herlinger (Eds.), Introduction to forensic psychology: research and application (2nd ed.)(pp. 265-300). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.