How Communities Impact Juvenile Crime

Posted by MST Services

Juvenile Crime

Although juvenile arrest rates nationwide are on the decline, that fact can be deceiving: in many communities, violent offenses are on the rise.

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Topics: Juvenile crime, community-based programs

Ain't I A Child: New Jersey Report Calls for More Money for Community-Based Programs

Posted by Michelle Robinson, MST Expert

New Jersey calls for a bigger investment in community-based programs to lower disparities in the juvenile justice system

New Jersey has made progress in lowering the number of incarcerated juveniles. From 1997 to 2010, the confined youth population was cut by 53 percent. These efforts should be applauded. 

Unfortunately, there are other statistics that are far less commendable—those showing distressing racial disparities. 

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Topics: community-based programs

How to Deter Juvenile Crime? Community-Based Programs like MST

Posted by Lori Cohen, MST Services

What stops high-risk juveniles from further crime?

A report from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention based on the “Pathways to Desistance” project offered up a serious look at what deters high-risk kids from committing future crimes.

More than 1,300 delinquents from Philadelphia and Phoenix were interviewed seven years after they were convicted. They were asked about the factors—becoming more mature, life changes and whether they were involved again with the criminal-justice system—that led youth who have committed serious offenses to continue or stop offending.deterrence_blog_pic

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Topics: MST, community-based programs

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