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TEEN CRIME WAVE by Jeffrey A. Margolis


A Growing Problem

by Jeffrey A. Margolis

Age Range: 11 & up

Pub Date: July 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-89490-910-X
Publisher: Enslow

 This thought-provoking book in the Issues in Focus series points out that juvenile crime has become a major American crisis: ``The number of juveniles arrested for homicide between 1983 and 1992 increased 128 percent, as opposed to the 9 percent increase among the adult population.'' Margolis explores the history of such crime in America, how the laws have changed over time, and how some communities are attempting to reduce crime and to rehabilitate juvenile delinquents. There is an interesting discussion as to whether youthful offenders should be tried as adults, with the right to a jury trial and the possibility of harsher punishment. Although the rise in teen crime correlates with the decline of the family, there are no easy solutions and Margolis never delves very deep; this is a cursory overview of a complex problem. (b&w photos, not seen, charts, notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 11+)