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Juvenile Delinquency Trends
Juvenile delinquency trends

An unprecedented youth violence epidemic is said to have occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s (Blumstein, 1995a, 1995b; Cook & Laub, 1998; Fox, 1996b). In this chapter I examine the so-called epidemic, focusing on serious and violent juvenile delinquency trends in two time periods: from 1980 to the present and from the late 1980s through the early 1990s. The longer time frame puts in proper perspective the increases in violent juvenile delinquency reported for the late 1980s and early 1990s. In the first section of the chapter, I examine in detail the rates of serious and violent delinquency in both of the time periods; I then provide information on the claims that a new juvenile crime wave actually ...

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