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Solving the Juvenile Crime Problem: A Prosecutor’s Perspective. By James C. Backstrom Dakota County Attorney Hastings, Minnesota 2005-2006. Powerpoint/SolvingJuvenileCrimeProblem. Juvenile Crime. Facts and Realties. It is a scary world out there today for our children and for us all.
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A Prosecutor’s Perspective
By James C. Backstrom
Dakota County Attorney
Facts and Realties
out there today
for our children and for us all.
(1996 Bipartisan Council on Crime in America)
By the year 2000, the huge increase in 14-17 year old males will cause violent crime to “spiral out of control”.
-- [or “superpredators” as some have called them].
all violent offenses
Resource: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. FBI UCR, 1998-2001.
No – but, the problem remains -- and there is no greater problem facing our system of criminal justice in America.
No – although we need these in our continuum of sanctions to address both juvenile and adult crime.
No – although sometimes this is appropriate and necessary.
(Less than 1% of juvenile offenders are prosecuted as adults.)
To find the answer to our problems with juvenile crime, we must recognize and resolve the underlying reasons for why these crimes are occurring.
We are at a critical point today in our efforts to effectively respond to juvenile crime in America.
The answer is not that complex.
We need to:
Assets # 4-13
in the well-being of our youth:
Assets # 4-13, 18
Assets # 1-3, 11
-- We can help by providing guidelines and
assistance to parents if needed, i.e. curfew
Assets # 1-3, 11, 16
Assets # 26-31
Assets # 3, 14
more likely than those raised by two parents to have difficulty in school, get in trouble with the law, and experience emotional and physical problems.
Assets # 35, 37
Assets # 32, 35-39
Assets # 5, 12, 21-24, 38-40
Assets # 1-7, 14, 16
Assets # 27-31, 35, 36
Assets # 26, 31
Assets # 1-3, 31, 37, 40
Assets # 1-40
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Fight Crime: Invest In Kids has endorsed a Four-Point School and Youth Violence Prevention Plan which includes:
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1. Ensure that criminal offenders are apprehended, prosecuted and held appropriately accountable for their acts.
2. Focus time and resources on early intervention, education and crime prevention efforts.
We need to Invest in our Kids.
An investment in our children
is an investment in our future.