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  • JUVENILE CRIME
  • IDENTITY THEFT
  • CAMPUS RAPE
Winning Issue » JUVENILE CRIME


There are about 40,000 juvenile members in our nation’s gangs today. The number of violent crimes committed by persons under the age of 18 is about the same as it was in 2002. Statistics and self-reporting by crime victims and offenders indicate the amount of non-lethal assault, rape and abuse is also about the same. However, it is estimated that fewer than half of all serious violent crimes by juveniles are reported to law enforcement. Advocates say our efforts to reduce the number of these crimes have not been successful. In the past, efforts to decrease juvenile crime activity have centered on harsher jail sentences and prosecuting minors as adults. Critics claim that, rather than reducing crime, this policy has backfired by creating more career criminals. Social workers provide front line prevention and treatment services in the areas of school violence, aging, teen pregnancy, child abuse, domestic violence, juvenile crime and substance abuse. They provide valuable information on these complex problems taking into account a wide range of social, medical, economic and community influences. Advocates claim the experience of these professionals is invaluable in making informed funding decisions regarding how to best solve our juvenile crime problem.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.2197 - Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education Act



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current juvenile crime policy and wish to defeat H.R.2197 - Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support authorizing the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to award grants to local governments and Indian tribes to plan and assess evidence-based and promising practices for juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity prevention and intervention, especially for at-risk youth; implementing plans for coordinating and supporting the delivery of juvenile delinquency and gang prevention and intervention programs in local communities, and wish to pass H.R.2197 - Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. Robert Scott (VA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support authorizing the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to award grants to local governments and Indian tribes to plan and assess evidence-based and promising practices for juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity prevention and intervention, especially for at-risk youth; implementing plans for coordinating and supporting the delivery of juvenile delinquency and gang prevention and intervention programs in local communities, and wish to pass H.R.2197 - Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. Robert Scott (VA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
February 20, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
March 4, 2020
Trustee Election - Begins
February 27, 2020


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