This report examines the youth perspective on violence, life circumstance, and the response of the justice system to a supposed growth of violence among troubled youth, based on studies in Dallas; Washington, D.C.; and San Mateo, California. 

February 12, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How the media represents youth and youth violence.

  2. 2

    The data on trends in crime, arrests and public attitudes.

  3. 3

    What youth have to say.

  4. 4

    What the public should know.

Key Takeaway

System reform requires the involvement of youth, families and communities

Recommended steps toward engaging constituents in reforming the juvenile justice system include:

  • Implementing a campaign to disseminate accurate public information.
  • Expanding funding for public education.
  • Promoting healthy parenting programs.
  • Expanding training for law enforcement.
  • Acknowledging that those involved in the system are adolescents, not predators.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations