Images and Reality: Juvenile Crime, Youth Violence, and Public Policy

America appears to be in the midst of a crisis of violence among the nation’s youth that requires the urgent implementation of policies incarcerating increasing numbers of our young people. However, the facts suggest otherwise. Actually, incarceration rates reflect policy choices and are not driven by public safety needs. Public policy needs to be redirected toward implementing strategies that will be successful both in the fight against crime as well as ensuring that the nation’s youth have a stake in the continued success of our society