Strategies for Preventing the Youth from Committing Crime in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region, Ghana

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Strategies for Preventing the Youth from Committing Crime in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region, Ghana

Abstract Preventing the youth from committing crime is the uttermost priority of nations globally. Over the years, strategies have been put in place to prevent the youth from committing crime. These strategies include government, through the legislature, enacting laws to thwart citizens, particularly the youth from crime and yet these laws have proved futile, especially in Africa where majority of the youth still channel their energies into unproductive ventures. Ghana has devised strategies like free Compulsory Universal Basic Education to equip the youth with employable skills to avert youth crime, but still crime among the youth is on the ascendency. Nationwide strategies such as MASLOC was also implemented in the Wa Municipality to equip the youth with entrepreneurial skills and yet 90 percent of all crime perpetrators are the youth. This was a clarion call for which the study sought to investigate how the youth can stay away from committing crime in the municipality. Social control theory undergirded the study. Convergent parallel mixed method design was utilized where purposive and simple random sampling were also used. Interview guide and questionnaire were used for data collection.

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