Violent Neighborhoods, Violent Kids   [open pdf - 376KB]

"Delinquency poses a serious challenge to virtually every major American city. This Bulletin features findings from [a] study that describe the characteristics of delinquent males in our Nation's Capital and the resources available to them. Finding little difference between serious, violent juvenile offenders in the District of Columbia and those in other cities, the author argues that existing national research can serve as a catalyst for new initiatives to reduce juvenile violence in the District. Indeed, since the [...] research was completed, the District has reorganized its funding delivery system for juvenile justice and delinquency prevention efforts. As a result, enhanced Federal and local resources will be available for youth-serving agencies to develop new policies, practices, and service delivery programs. OJJDP [Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention] and other Federal agencies are partnering with the District to provide technical assistance and other resources as it designs and implements an improved juvenile justice system. Thus, while this Bulletin presents some disturbing findings about the nature and incidence of juvenile delinquency in the District of Columbia, it also offers considerable hope for the future."

Report Number:
NCJ 178248
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National Criminal Justice Reference Service: http://www.ncjrs.gov/
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