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TEEN VIOLENCE FACTS

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    Nationwide, it is estimated that there are as many as 31,000 street gangs with a total membership of 846,000. In addition, almost three-quarters of cities with populations of more than 25,000 reported youth gangs in 1996. ("The 1996 National Youth Gang Survey," OJJDP Fact Sheet #86, Nov. 1998).

  • Fifty-seven percent of violent crimes committed by juveniles occurs on school days. (Snyder, Howard. "Times of Day Juveniles are Most Likely to Commit Violent Crime Index Offenses." Adapted from Sickmund, M., Snyder, H., Poe-Yamagata, E. Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1997 Update on Violence. OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. 30 September 1998).

  • Youth ages 12 to 19 are ten times more likely than their parents and grandparents to be the victims of violent crime. (National Crime Prevention Council, Speaking Out for Youth & Justice Kit for Community Leaders).

  • The growth in juvenile homicide victimizations from the mid-1980s through 1994 was completely attributable to firearms deaths. (National Crime Prevention Council, Speaking Out for Youth & Justice Kit for Community Leaders).

  • According to a February 1997 report by the Centers for Disease Control, the rate of firearm deaths among children 0 to 14 years old is nearly twelve times higher in the U.S. than in 25 other industrialized countries combined.

  • Almost half of teens have changed their behavior because of fear of crime, including skipping school, changing routes to and from school, avoiding certain places or changing friends. But almost nine out of ten were willing to get involved in prevention programs, if only they knew how. (National Crime Prevention Council, Speaking Out for Youth & Justice Kit for Community Leaders).

  • Youth who are serious, chronic and violent offenders make up less than half of one percent of youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. (National Crime Prevention Council, Speaking Out for Youth & Justice Kit for Community Leaders).

  • In 1991, 43 percent of juveniles in detention centers were black, 35 percent were white and 19 percent were Hispanic. (Disproportionate Minority Confinement, OJJDP Fact Sheet #11, April 1994).

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