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The 8% Problem: Serious, Chronic Juvenile Offenders
The 8% problem: Serious, chronic juvenile offenders

Orange County, California, is known for tourist attractions such as Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, for professional sports teams such as the Anaheim Angels and Anaheim Mighty Ducks, for its moderate Mediterranean climate, for miles of beautiful sandy beaches, and for its affluent suburbs, trendy shopping malls, and modern office complexes of gleaming glass. Like any major metropolitan community, however, it has its share of serious crime and other urban ills.

The major boulevards are home to tourist attractions, but they were also home to a 13-year-old drug-addicted runaway we will call Gina, to protect her identity. She walked a boulevard's “motel row” as a prostitute to eat and to support a $250-a-day ...

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