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Allegheny County, PA: Mobilizing To Reduce Juvenile Crime.

Hsia, Heidi M.
June 4, 2015

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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