Juvenile Crime Increases During Spring Months

By Courtney Burris | cburris@krbc.tvg

Published 04/22 2014 05:54PM

Updated 04/22 2014 06:52PM

This is a time of year that many students look forward to. Standardized testing is wrapping up and summer is in sight, but some students struggle to comply with the rules. "They know teachers are tired just as well as the administrators that work with them, so I think that they are just going to try to get away with even more" explains Cooper High School Principal, Karen Munoz.

Students pushing the limits makes spring the busiest time of the year for the Taylor County Juvenile Justice Center. "We get more full on bed space and it impacts everything. When referrals pick up in Abilene, they typically pick up in Nolan County and Jones County" explains Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Allison Stafford.

According to Stafford, there are even certain crimes that juveniles commit more frequently this time of year. "You know this type of year we see more vandalism, more criminal mischief type offenses, burglary of a motor vehicle, where as in the winter, we see more assault and family violence cases."

Stafford says that currently, there are just a handful of juveniles in detention, but the fact that no two days are the same is part of why she says she loves her job.

Both Principal Munoz and Stafford say that parents can have an impact on these last several weeks of class.

"Encouragement from parents to finish the year strong, to come to class everyday and still take everything seriously, that would be helpful at all age levels" explains Munoz.

"As a parent, to a parent, just keep your kids involved, keep them active, know who their friends are, know what they are doing, just keep up with them, that plays a big role in it" says Stafford.

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