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As Juvenile Crime Skyrockets to Record Levels, States Seek to Crack Down


Juvenile homicides nationwide increased by 44% from 2019 to 2020 and increased by 83%

from 2013 to 2020, according to data from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, as school closures and police reforms have contributed to rising youth crime. Lawmakers in Kentucky, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and New Jersey have introduced bills to enhance penalties for juvenile gang members, as well as mandatory holding periods for juveniles charged with violent crimes, to address the rising violence.

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