Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO

News from the Illinois Valley

Girls Behaving More Badly In Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on February 8, 2011

Teens causing trouble in Ottawa used to be a boy thing primarily.  That’s not the case anymore.

Ottawa’s Peer Jury Program handled 110 cases in 2010, 69 involving juvenile boys and 41 girls.  Before 2010, girls accounted for less than seven cases a year.  Officers think the jump has a lot to do with Wal-Mart having a loss prevention officer who makes retail theft arrests.  Most retail theft cases involve girls.

27 curfew charges were referred to Ottawa Peer Jury in 2010.  Next highest caseloads were 23 for retail theft, 19 for disorderly conduct and 12 for criminal damage to property.  The average age of the person involved with peer jury cases was 14.

The peer jury resulted in just under 2700 community service hours for young offenders in 2010.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

 
%d bloggers like this: