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The earlier the first arrest, the likelier another would follow (79 percent of those arrested before seventeen vs. 51 percent of those first arrested at twenty or older). The experience argues for the lifting of the protective veil of secrecy from juvenile criminal records. It is becoming increasingly clear that a criminal's record as a juvenile offender is critically important to assessing the risks he represents to the community, and this record is usually not legally available at an adult's sentencing.
Our common complicity in crime forces us to define our terms more clearly as we focus on such "simple" concepts as identifying who the "real criminals" are. The center of our concem here, however, is the street criminal, the predator who routinely and relentlessly commits muggings, burglaries, and thefts and who endangers the public peace. CREATING CRIMINALS We harbor endless delusions about criminals, reinforced by movies, TV, and public figures who hurl monsters like Wulie Horton or events such as "wildings" at us.
In that time, the crimnals either die, 40 CHAPTER TWO wind up in prison, drift into employment, get married and "go straight," or simply lose the energy that criminality requires. There's a kind of elephant's graveyard mystery to the vanishing criminal. No one quite knows where he goes, but all the charts indicate that he does go. The peak ages of activity are between seventeen and twenty-one and involve mostly males (usually arrested at a rate five times that of women, for street crimes) and a disproportionate ratio of nonwhites.