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Violent Crime Spike Blamed on Kids

May 16, 2007

The FBI says the number of violent crimes is up for the second year in a row, and a U.S. Department of Justice report blames kids and gangs. They're calling for tougher punishments in juvenile cases to lower the crime rate. David Ruffin with the Children's Defense Fund says that only "treats the problem after the fact." He believes it would be more effective to focus on the circumstances that send kids into what his organization calls the "Cradle to Prison Pipeline."

"People grow up in poor neighborhoods, broken families, with no access to healthcare. All of these add up to the sinister architectures of the 'cradle to prison pipeline.'"

Blacks, Latinos and Native American children are far more likely to end up in the prison pipeline, and Ruffin beieves that poverty is the strongest risk factor. He adds that tougher juvenile laws and "zero-tolerance" policies at schools are shunting kids into the prison pipeline at early ages, and children living in the pressure cooker of poverty are more likely to have behavioral problems.

"We have 5- to 7-year-olds who get arrest records from school because maybe they had a temper tantrum, or some other 'acting out.'"

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WV