Coming of Age

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Between 1987 and 1991:

  • Juvenile arrests for violent crimes increased by 50 percent--double the adult increase.
  • Juvenile arrests for murder rose 85 percent--four times the percentage increase for adults.
  • Juvenile arrests for murder, forcible rape, robbery, and other violent crimes reached an all-time high and accounted for 17 percent of all arrests for such crimes.

By 1992, every state had some mechanism for prosecuting youths under 18 as adults.

In a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, 73 percent of respondents said juveniles who commmit violent crimes should be treated as adults.

SOURCES: U.S. Justice Department and USA Today.

Vol. 13, Issue 24

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories