ERIC Number: ED445285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Less Hype, More Help: Reducing Juvenile Crime, What Works--and What Doesn't.
Mendel, Richard A.
The goal of this report is to foster a national discussion about the complex and important challenges posed by youth crime in America, and to raise public awareness about promising approaches to youth crime that currently receive too little attention and too few resources. The report is divided into three sections. Part One details the wealth of new knowledge about the causes and cures for delinquency and youth violence that has been generated by researchers and practitioners over the past two decades, including new models that are dramatically reducing recidivism by youthful offenders and the on-set of delinquency by high-risk youth. Part Two examines two popular notions that have monopolized the public debate in recent years: (1) that youth crime is growing worse due to a generation of "juvenile superpredators"; and (2) that "adult time for adult crime" should be the basis for juvenile crime policy. These notions have prevented policymakers from recognizing the tremendous potential created by the advances in prevention and intervention techniques. Part Three looks at the nation's juvenile justice systems and the varied efforts to prevent delinquency and violence. Finally, this report issues a series of recommendations-strategic action to surmount the formidable obstacles to reform that now prevent state and local juvenile justice and delinquency prevention systems from doing what works. Appendix I is "Reducing Juvenile Crime: Recommendations from America's Police Chiefs" and Appendix II is " The Costs of Juvenile Crime." (Contains 218 endnotes.) (Author/MKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Walter S. Johnson Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum, Washington, DC.