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Justice Department study says juvenile killings decreased

September 18, 1999
Web posted at: 4:07 a.m. EDT (0807 GMT)

From Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Although the public remains concerned about juvenile crime, the number of killings by teen-agers dropped by more than a third between 1994 and 1997, according to a new study from the U.S. Justice Department.

Key categories of violent crime among teens have declined in recent years, researchers from the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Protection found.

The violent crime rate among juveniles began to rise in 1989, peaked in 1993 and has gone down since then, the study found. The study considered juveniles to be youths 17 years of age and under.

But their study shows large numbers of juveniles remain involved in criminal activity. In 1997, about 2,300 murders involved at least one juvenile offender: That same year, on average, about six juveniles were killed each day.

And the number of juveniles arrested for drug abuse violations stood at 220,700 in 1997, up 125 percent compared to 1988 and 82 percent between 1993 and 1997. However, the rate of increase slowed dramatically between 1996 and 1997, growing only two percent.


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