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NCJ Number: 69058 Find in a Library
Title: KIDS WHO KILL (FROM SIXTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON JUVENILE JUSTICE, 1979)
Author(s): J M SORRELLS; H THOMAS; P S WEST
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America

National District Atorneys Assoc
United States of America

Teach 'Em Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Sponsoring Agency: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
National District Atorneys Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Teach 'Em Inc
Chicago, IL 60611
Sale Source: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: JUVENILE MURDERERS ARE DISCUSSED WITH EMPHASIS ON THE CHARACTERISTICS OF HIGH VIOLENCE AREAS, RECOMMENDED ACTIONS, VIOLENCE AS AN AMERICAN PHENOMENON, AND DETERRENCE PROGRAMS IN CHICAGO AND CALIFORNIA.
Abstract: FIRST, A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, CHARACTERIZES HIGH VIOLENCE AREAS AS THOSE WHERE LIFE IS BLEAK AND IS NOT VALUED HIGHLY, AND WHERE VIOLENT FAMILIES, OFTEN LED BY ONE PARENT, SUBSIST ON LOW INCOMES. HE RECOMMENDS THAT INTERVENTIONS SHOULD BE BASED ON RESEARCH AND PLANNING IN EACH HIGH VIOLENCE COMMUNITY SINCE THE PROBLEMS AFFECTING JUVENILES DIFFER FROM AREA TO AREA; THAT CORRECTIONS, HEALTH CARE, AND SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCIES SHOULD COORDINATE THEIR ACTIVITIES; THAT ALL CHILDREN COMING INTO CUSTODY SHOULD BE PSYCHOLOGICALLY SCREENED; THAT CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMS SHOULD BE GEARED TO THE PROBLEMS OF THE INDIVIDUALS; AND THAT YOUTHS SHOULD NOT BE RETURNED TO PARENTS WHOSE LIFE STYLES ENCOURAGE DELINQUENCY. THEN, A COMMANDER OF THE YOUTH DIVISION OF THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINS HOW VIOLENCE ON TELEVISION AND THE AVAILABILITY OF ALCOHOL, DRUGS, AND GUNS IN AMERICA ARE FACTORS IN JUVENILE MURDERS. A SIX-WEEK CURFEW PROGRAM IN A HIGH-CRIME POLICE DISTRICT YIELDED 100 GUNS AND REDUCED CRIME BY ABOUT 65 PERCENT. THE THIRD SPEAKER, A DIRECTOR OF THE CALIFORNIA YOUTH AUTHORITY, DESCRIBES THE CHARACTERISTICS OF 137 JUVENILE MURDERS APPREHENDED IN FY 1977 - 1978: 76 PERCENT WERE FROM THE LOS ANGELES AREA; THE AVERAGE AGE WAS 20 YEARS; AND TWO-THIRDS WERE MEMBERS OF MINORITY GROUPS. THE AUTHORITY SENDS ALL JUVENILE OFFENDERS TO A CLINIC FOR A REVIEW OF SOCIAL HISTORIES AND COURT RECORDS, AND FOR FAMILY INTERVIEWS BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH UP TO FIVE YEARS OF TREATMENT. SHE REVIEWS THE PROBLEMS ARISING OUT OF THE PROPOSITION-THIRTEEN BUDGET CUTS. THE AUDIOTAPE CASSETTE IS SUITABLE FOR A GENERAL AUDIENCE, AND A TABLE OF CONTENTS IS PROVIDED. NO FURTHER SUPPORTING MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; California; Illinois; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile murderers; Workshops and seminars
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