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Challenging the Myths (NCJ 178993) March 2000
Bulletin
OJJDP National Report Series
8 page(s)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Evaluates the “superpredator” theory, which concluded that a new breed of violent juveniles was emerging in the early 1990’s and predicted a wave of violent juvenile crime that would continue into the next decade. This Bulletin examines juvenile crime statistics, concludes that recent data do not support the superpredator theory, and offers alternative explanations of recent trends in juvenile crime. The Bulletin is part of the 1999 National Report Series. Each Bulletin in the series highlights selected themes at the forefront of juvenile justice policymaking and extracts relevant National Report sections (including selected graphs and tables).
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