Why the U.S. has seen a collapse in violent youth crime

When the youth crime rate started to drop in the late 1990s, it wasn’t a surprise to law enforcement experts. Crime is cyclical, with spikes and declines spurred by social, political and economic conditions.

But no one expected the large decrease in juvenile crime to linger, or to continue to dip for the next 20 years across a range of offenses — from violent assaults and homicides to minor theft and truancy — with no indication that the trend will be reversed.

Opinion | The miseducation of Michigan: How state fails kids in black history

As Black History Month unfolds this month and schools ramp up teaching about the subject, there’s still plenty of disagreement across the state and nation about how best to teach the subject. Should African-American history lessons focus on the struggles such as slavery and the civil rights movement but not also give greater attention to the accomplishments of African Americans?

NCJFCJ's 2019 National Conference on Juvenile Justice

Join NCJFCJ in Las Vegas, Nevada as they present this vital and important educational opportunity for judges, probation officers, detention facility employees, and other stakeholders in the juvenile justice system. This conference will explore gaps in services, discover new and improved practices, share cutting edge research, and motivate participants to explore positive case outcomes for youth involved in the delinquency system.