Violent juvenile crime is particularly chilling. We’re not supposed to be afraid of our children. Fostered partly by the proliferation of guns, juvenile violence rose in the late 1980s through the early 1990s, shaping a sensational, popular image of teenage sociopaths running wild. Very occasional, but highly-publicized acts of violence by children under 13 engendered a belief that even grade school kids can be irredeemable. Today, although the juvenile crime rate remains high, it is in decline, largely because of a recent drop in violent crime by young offenders. Still, the fearful...
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