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NCJ Number: 166060 Find in a Library
Title: Wrong Side of a Gun (From Young Blood: Juvenile Justice and the Death Penalty, P 57-73, 1995, Shirley Dicks, ed. - See NCJ-166057)
Author(s): S Thomas
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Prometheus Books
Amherst, NY 14228-2197
Sale Source: Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive
Amherst, NY 14228-2197
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Violent juvenile offenders are a source of increasing concern in Nashville, Tenn. and nationally; experts continue to seek both the causes and the solutions to juvenile violence.
Abstract: About half the youths taken to the Nashville juvenile court have been their before. More than half the juvenile crimes nationwide are committed by 5 percent of the youths. Arrests of juveniles for violent crimes have increased sharply since 1970, especially in the last 5 years. During the last 5 years, juvenile rape arrests increased from 37 to 48, juvenile robbery arrests increased from 235 to 408, and juvenile aggravated assault arrests increased from 74 to 232. Twenty-one juveniles were charged with murder last year. Concern about violence has led police and prosecutors to give more attention to nonviolent crimes that have frequently been overlooked in the past. One commented that violent juvenile offenders start by shoplifting or committing burglary and gradually progress to violence. The police hope to identify and monitor potentially dangerous youth earlier and to share information among justice personnel, schools, and social service agencies. The data indicate that guns, drugs, and working mothers have not caused the increase in juvenile violence. Case examples
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Tennessee; Violence prevention
Note: Reprinted from the Nashville Tennessean
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