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  • The story of a drive-by murder

    The Seattle Times chronicles in great detail the story of Brian Ronquillo, the student who opened fire outside a Seattle high school in 1994. He killed one student. This article uses colorful language and anecdotes to interweave Ronquillo's story with detailed accounts of the greater existence of gangs in Seattle.
  • When Guns Are Brought to School

    The LA Times study of court records shows that relatively few youths caught on LA County campuses with firearms serve time. Most get probation, leaving some experts wanting to correct flaws. A history of the juvenile justice system in California is presented and details how the current situation has come about..
  • Dead Teen Walking

    The U.S. is the only country -- besides Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Nigeria and Yemen -- that sentences juveniles to death. TIME examines the case of Shareef Cousin who was sentenced to death for a crime committed when he was 16. There is also evidence that suggests Cousin is not even guilty of the crime.
  • Race Predicts Handling of Many Young Criminals

    A Sun study shows that black mentally ill juvenile offenders are locked up rather than receive treatment at a higher rate than white ones. State officials are trying to determine the cause of the disparity.
  • Juvenile Justice: The War Within

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette investigated widespread physical, sexual and emotional abuse of juvenile delinquents in state custody. Over the years, abuse was rarely investigated and records of incidents were routinely destroyed.
  • Razor's edge

    The Boston Globe Magazine looks at the increasingly violent nature of teenage girls. As more and more engage in fighting with fists and knives, it seems gun-toting girls are only a step away. The article examines possible causes, including domestic violence and low self-esteem, as well as solutions, including neighborhood and school programs.
  • Youth crime, adult time

    While the media and lawmakers rush to "do something" about juvenile crime, Emerge reports that the crime rate has actually gone down. The magazine examines the new face of juvenile justice and its effect on African-American youth.
  • How Justice Fails

    Kennedy details the problems with the Philadelphia juvenile justice system, which is overburdened and inefficient. He looks specifically at the case of two brothers for whom the system failed miserably.
  • Baby Bombers?

    Two fourteen-year-olds built a bomb and placed it in a classroom. The childhood's' of A.J. Walker and Burke DeCesare are discussed. Amy Driscoll wonders why two seemingly untroubled children went so wrong.
  • Where Do Bad Children Go?

    SF Weekly investigates San Francisco's juvenile justice system. San Francisco officials are tilting toward more community-based rehab for youthful offenders - if they can put the lid on internal bickering that's given new meaning to the term "juvenile justice". (Oct. 2, 1996)