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

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May 21, 2020
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May 27, 2020

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