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NCJ Number: 158351 Find in a Library
Title: Preventing Youth Violence: District Attorney's Call for a Community Response
Journal: New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement  Volume:21  Issue:2  Dated:(Summer 1995)  Pages:433-435
Author(s): K M Burke
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The government response to crime has been to increase penalties and build more prisons; while these measures seem justifiable, they do not have the effect of reducing crime, especially violent crime committed by young people.
Abstract: It is widely recognized that the number of serious crimes committed by juvenile and youthful offenders has risen dramatically over the last several years. Juvenile arrests for violent crimes increased by 41 percent between 1981 and 1991; arrests for murder and aggravated assault increased by 93 percent and 72 percent, respectively. Crime prevention involves more than police detection and deterrence through punishment. To be effective, crime prevention requires a comprehensive social response in which the criminal justice system, social service agencies, law enforcement agencies, schools, and families work in partnership to devise a multidisciplinary approach to violence prevention. A demonstration project launched in one Massachusetts community that targets youthful offenders and combines priority prosecution and treatment for those involved in serious offenses is noted.
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Interagency cooperation; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile justice reform; Juvenile offender statistics; Massachusetts; Serious juvenile offenders; Victims of violent crime; Violence prevention; Youthful offenders
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