The cold statistics produced by the Washington, D.C. Pretrial Services Agency have an almost numbing quality.
Fifty-four juveniles, age 16, were arrested in December 1999. Thirty-two of them, or 59 percent, tested positive for drugs. Thirty-two 15-year-olds were also arrested; 19 of them, or 59 percent, had drugs in their system. Another piece of data: A 12-year-old apprehended by police also tested positive for drugs.
November 1999 wasn’t any better. No, it was worse. Of 49 16-year-olds taken into police custody, 71 percent tested positive for cocaine, marijuana or...
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