Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Curbing Juvenile Crime Trends

From WKRN News:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Crimes committed by teenagers in Davidson County is up this year.

At this time last year, juveniles were charged with more than 390 serious crimes. So far this year, that number has increased to nearly 530.

Magistrate Jennifer Wade with the Juvenile Justice Center told News 2 it is extremely concerning that the number of violent crimes committed by teens has increased.

“There is a gap and perhaps a growing gap in those that are flourishing and doing well in our city, and those who are coming more to the attention of the court and the social services of our city as well,” said Wade.

In 2016, 14 juveniles faced 21 murder charges and from January 1, 2016 to June 1, 2016, six teens faced nine murder charges.

For the same time period in 2017, 10 juveniles face 13 murder charges.

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