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NCJ Number: 155069 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Crime in New Orleans: An Analysis of Weapons Use Among Our City's Juvenile Offenders (From Reports on Juvenile Crime, Charles C Foti, Jr -- See NCJ-155066)
Author(s): C C Foti Jr; H D Hayes
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 37
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office
New Orleans, LA 70119
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In examining the prevalence of juvenile weapon use in New Orleans, this study found that juvenile offenders used relatively sophisticated and dangerous weapons, that juveniles obtained their weapons quite easily, and that juveniles used guns for protection from a violent environment.
Abstract: Data were obtained from 110 juveniles held at the Juvenile Detention Center at Orleans Parish Prison. Attitudes and perceptions of these juveniles were very different from those of law-abiding juveniles. About 65 percent felt it was acceptable to shoot someone who had hurt or insulted them or their families. Of the 110 juveniles, 42 percent said they had owned or possessed a military-style automatic or semiautomatic rifle, 57 percent said they had owned or possessed a sawed-off shotgun, and 72 percent said they had owned or possessed an automatic or semiautomatic handgun. Of 36 juveniles who reported paying cash for a gun, 11 paid someone off the streets and 15 paid a junkie. Most juveniles carried guns for self-protection, especially at night. Recommendations to reduce juvenile violence and improve the juvenile justice system are offered that pertain to school safety, student crime watch programs, crisis intervention, and violence prevention. 38 references, 16 footnotes, and 7 tables
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Crime in schools; Crisis intervention; Firearm-crime relationships; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile offender statistics; Louisiana; School security; Violence prevention; Weapons violations
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