Pols must be adult about Youth Violence Act
Politics is paralyzing the attempt to do anything about increasing juvenile crime in the US. Armed and drug-dealing youth gangs hold neighborhoods in the grip of fear. April 1996 saw the first submission of the Anti-Gang and Youth Violence Act, but election year politics killed this attempt and it was resubmitted at the beginning of the 105th Congress. The bill's approach has proved successful in Boston, an includes authorizing extra funding to state and local governments for juvenile crime enforcement, including innovative juvenile court programs. The 1997 attempt at passage, has however, been stalled by special interest groups on both sides.
Publication Name: The National Law Journal
Defending racial violence
Criminal defense attorneys defending black male clients should commit to developing narratives that are not based on assertions of individual or group deviance. In the trial of Damian Williams and Henry Watson for the beating of Reginald Denny during the King trial aftermath, the defense team's narrative combined portrayals of defiance with those of deviance. The scene was characterized as a mob scene with the intent of nullifying specific intent. Arguments that these acts were deviant and that the community was deviating undermine the defense attorney's obligation to the community.
Publication Name: Columbia Law Review
An evaluation of the Craigmillar Youth Challenge
Multi-agency efforts at crime prevention, which are becoming increasingly popular as the myriad of influences on criminal behavior become more apparent, are more likely to succeed if a uniform vocabulary for such projects develops. In one case study, the many agencies involved eventually began using a tenuous vocabulary recognized by all, making goals and procedures more apparent to participants. Once some stability, in the form of language and goals, is created, such programs should prosper.
Publication Name: The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
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