ERIC Number: ED264501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-23
Reference Count: N/A
Phenomenon of Juvenile Firestarters. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary. United States Senate, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First Session on the Problem of Arsons Committed by Juveniles.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
This document contains testimony from a Senate hearing examining causes of and solutions to the problem of juvenile firesetting. In an opening statement, Chairman Specter testified that arson has the highest percentage of juvenile involvement with 38 percent of arson crimes committed by juveniles. Pamela McLaughlin of the National Firehawk Foundation stated that: (1) many arsons by children are not reported; (2) children who light fires are usually victims of child abuse, neglect, drug abuse, learning disabilities, undiagnosed giftedness, or behavior problems; (3) many adult arsonists set fires as children; and (4) community programs to help juvenile arsonists are scattered and disorganized. Two juvenile arsonists and their mothers testified about their experiences. Dean Clark, a mental health professional, testified that many juvenile arsonists need extended inpatient therapy and Clifford Karchmer, a professor in the School of Justice at American University, testified that diagnostic tools are needed to separate the more serious juvenile arsonists from the less serious arsonists. An appendix includes letters to the Milwaukee Juvenile Firestarter Program. (ABL)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.