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  NCJ Number: NCJ 178917     Find in a Library
  Title: Enabling Prosecutors to Address Drug, Gang, and Youth Violence
  Document URL: HTML PDF 
  Author(s): Heike P. Gramckow Ph.D. ; Elena Tompkins J.D.
  Date Published: 1999
  Page Count: 12
  Series: OJJDP Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Series
  Annotation: This bulletin, one in a series featuring Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants Program best practices, offers data on recent trends in juvenile violence, juvenile drug offenses, and gang-related juvenile offending and describes prosecutorial responses to such offenses.
  Abstract: While overall violent crime decreased between 1985 and 1994, the number of juveniles arrested for serious crimes increased. During the same time period, juvenile courts experienced disproportionate increases in cases involving violent offenses and weapons. Although statistics from 1995 to 1997 indicate a reversal of the disturbing upward trend in juvenile violence between 1985 and 1994, juvenile violent crime arrest rates in 1997 were still well above the 1985 level. The increase in juvenile violence, drug-related crime, and gang-related crime requires specific prosecutorial responses, including the use of graduated sanctions and the transfer of the most serious and violent juvenile offenders to criminal court. Examples of promising, prosecutor-led programs focused on curtailing the use of guns, violence, drugs, and gangs are provided that represent a range of ideas prosecutors can use to enhance their own efforts. The authors conclude that prosecutors play a significant role in reducing and preventing juvenile involvement with drugs and related criminal activities, juvenile involvement with criminal gangs, and youth violence overall. 53 references
  Main Term(s): Juveniles
  Index Term(s): Weapons Violations/Offenses ; Drug prevention programs ; Prosecution ; Juvenile/Youth Gangs ; Drug Related Crime ; Violent juvenile offenders ; Juvenile drug use ; Juvenile drug abusers ; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs ; Firearm-crime relationships ; Violence prevention ; Gang Prevention ; Gang violence
  Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Program/Project Description
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: JAIBG Bulletin (December 1999).
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