Fighting Juvenile Gun Violence   [open pdf - 301KB]

"According to a study by the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Treasury, the age at which persons most often commit homicide is 18, with those ages 18 to 20 accounting for 22 percent of homicide arrests. Firearms are used in 86 percent of all homicides, and the rise in homicides from the middle 1980's through the early 1990's can be attributed largely to firearm-related homicides. Youth are also victimized by firearm violence. Today's teen is more likely to die of a gunshot wound than of disease or other natural causes, and for every fatal shooting there are three nonfatal shootings. Reacting, in part, to these and other sobering statistics, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention established the Partnerships To Reduce Juvenile Gun Violence Program, which seeks to increase the effectiveness of existing strategies by enhancing and coordinating prevention, intervention, and suppression efforts and strengthening community linkages. This Bulletin describes the program's implementation at four demonstration sites in Baton Rouge and Shreveport, LA; Oakland, CA; and Syracuse, NY."

Report Number:
NCJ 182679
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National Criminal Justice Reference Service: http://www.ncjrs.gov/
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