ERIC Number: ED446165
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Runaway Juvenile Crime? The Context of Juvenile Arrests in America. Research in Brief.
Ziedenberg, Jason; Schiraldi, Vincent
The Violent and Repeat Juvenile Offender Act of 1997 (S-10) was to be debated in the Senate in spring 1998. This bill would blur the distinction between juvenile and adult criminal systems, making it easier to imprison children as young as 14. Supporters of S-10 were citing statistics to indicate that juvenile crime was on the rise. In fact, the bill, if passed, would place teens arrested for robbery in the same conditions of confinement as runaways, closer to adult felons in county jails. This report analyzes data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to show that most children being arrested are arrested for petty crimes, and that violent offenses among youth are not increasing. In fact, the Attorney General announced in October 1997 that juvenile crime was on the decline. According to the findings of the report, the approach pending before the Senate is too far removed from the current context of juvenile crime to meet the needs of U.S. children and the wide social need for public safety. (Contains 35 endnotes.) (SLD)
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, 1622 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Tel: 415-621-5661; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.cjcj.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Justic Policy Inst., Washington, DC.