Source: (1997) Bulletin, June. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Downloaded 31 October 2005.

Juvenile crime and its immediate and long-term economic and human costs have become a national concern. Programs to prevent and reduce delinquency have developed across the country. Among them, what has taken place in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, exemplifies a large-scale, comprehensive, and proactive effort to mobilize the community to achieve a collaborative and coordinated antiviolence approach. After 2 years, system improvements, including increased and coordinated services for juveniles at high risk of engaging in juvenile crime, have led to a corresponding reduction in juvenile crime, including violent crime. This Bulletin describes the background and the development of the communitywide collaborative process in Allegheny County, documents examples of the accomplishments resulting from this process, and examines the reasons for success. It also considers the broad juvenile justice context in which the community effort has taken place and concludes with lessons learned and future challenges. (excerpt)


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