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NCJ Number: 162421 Find in a Library
Title: Reducing Youth Gun Violence
Series: OJJDP Teleconference Videotapes
Corporate Author: Eastern Kentucky University
Dept of Correctional Training Resource Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY 40475
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 95-JN-MU-0001
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: HTML (View Broadcast)|Text (Participant Packet)
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After an overview of the problem and some community responses to juvenile gun violence, this two-part video of a teleconference profiles promising programs that have used law enforcement-based, hospital-based, and court-based approaches.
Abstract: An opening summary of the problem of juvenile gun violence includes a focus on risk factors and possible community program objectives and strategies. One of the promising programs described is the Handgun Intervention Program, a Detroit-based intervention program operated by volunteers. Operated out of Michigan's 36th District Court, the program aims to educate and confront defendants charged with carrying a concealed weapon with the consequences of gun violence, the personal risks of gun carrying, the importance of nonviolence and personal responsibility in African-American heritage, the realities of prison life, and alternatives to violence. Another program described is conducted by the Boston Police Department in cooperation with the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard University. The goal of the intervention is to reduce gun violence in Boston by using a problemsolving approach that focuses on the disruption of illegal firearms markets and reducing fear. The third program described is the Prince George's Hospital Center Shock Mentor Program of Prince Georges County, Md. The program aims to educate young men and women about the repercussions of violence and other high-risk behavior, and it encourages youth to avoid violent acts, as well as the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The program includes youth watching trauma teams at work. Youth are encouraged to perform volunteer service at the Hospital Center and with other community groups. The video also promotes the availability of publications and initiatives sponsored by the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Question-and-answer sessions between a panel of experts and teleconference participants are included, and a participant guide accompanies the video.
Main Term(s): Juvenile gun ownership
Index Term(s): Firearms deaths; Gun Control; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Violence causes; Violence prevention; Violent juvenile offenders
Note: Two color VHS video, 2 hrs. and 23 minutes, and booklet.
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