Preventing Juvenile Crime

March 15, 1996 • Volume 2, Issue 10
Is tougher punishment or prevention the answer?
By Craig Donegan


A dramatic rise in violent youth crimes prompted Congress to include tougher penalties in the 1994 crime bill, as well as funds for intervention programs. States and cities, too, have reacted to violent youth crime with a mixture of get-tough and prevention measures, such as curfews, school uniforms and laws making parents responsible for their children's misbehavior. Now, an expected increase in the under-18 population threatens to produce another rise in youth crime. Prevention advocates insist that the most cost-effective way to defuse the coming “crime bomb” is early intervention programs for at-risk kids and their parents. But Congress has withheld funding for the intervention programs, a move endorsed by those who say tough punishments are the answer.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Juveniles and the Justice System
Sep. 11, 2015  Reforming Juvenile Justice
Mar. 05, 2010  Youth Violence
Nov. 07, 2008  Juvenile Justice
Apr. 27, 2001  Kids in Prison
Mar. 15, 1996  Preventing Juvenile Crime
Feb. 25, 1994  Juvenile Justice
Jul. 17, 1987  Troubled Teenagers
Nov. 28, 1986  Juvenile Justice
Jul. 27, 1979  Juvenile Justice
Feb. 11, 1970  Juvenile Offenders
Jul. 17, 1957  Reform of Delinquents
Sep. 25, 1953  Youngsters in Trouble
Sep. 08, 1950  Teen-Age Lawbreakers
Feb. 23, 1943  Juvenile Delinquency
Crime and Law Enforcement
Elementary and Secondary Education
Juvenile Justice