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Title: Violent Juvenile Crime in East Tennessee - A Family Perspective
Author(s): L Henderson
Corporate Author: Bedfordshire Police
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 52
Sponsoring Agency: Bedfordshire Police
Kempston, Bedford MK43 9AX, England
Ford Foundation
New York, NY 10017
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 82-JS-AX-0012
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Bedfordshire Police
Woburn Road
Kempston, Bedford MK43 9AX, England
United Kingdom
Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper portrays the family lives of six East Tennessee children who have been involved in serious violent crime, and a limited view is provided of East Tennessee's problems with violent juvenile crime.
Abstract: Information for this report was developed primarily through interviews with court personnel, convicted juveniles and their family members, and others who work in the juvenile justice system in Tennessee. The families interviewed were all relatively poor; 4 of the 6 families had 8 to 10 children. All of the youths involved in violence were males between the ages of 14 and 18, and nine of the crimes were known to be drug-related. The families were evenly split between rural and urban areas. At one point in the children's early life, two of the families experienced separation because of parental neglect and the placing of the children in foster care for a number of years. Only one of the families is known to have a parent with a lengthy criminal record. Nine of the 10 children in that family have juvenile court records. The children in five of the six families had lost an older brother prematurely and violently; in four of the five cases, the families believe the death was not accidental. From January 1981 through July 1982, 91 juveniles were convicted of violent crimes in East Tennessee juvenile courts (murder, rape, serious assault, and armed robbery). Twenty-four additional juveniles were remanded to the adult court system during the same period, presumably for serious offenses. Brief consideration is given to 'get-tough' legislation, incarceration rates, a description of the juvenile facility housing violent offenders, and a treatment program for violent offenders. Tabular data are provided.
Index Term(s): Child abuse and neglect hearings; Crime Statistics; Juvenile delinquency factors; Tennessee; Violent juvenile offenders
Note: One of a series of reports prepared under the Fellows in Education Journalism program.
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