Sunday, November 27, 2022


An investigative probe into how rules written for distressed rust belt property may benefit a select few; Small Business Saturday highlights local Economies; FL nonprofit helps offset the high cost of insulin.


A Supreme Court case could have broad implications for the future of U.S. elections, results show voters rejected election deniers in many statewide races, and the concession phone call may be a thing of the past.


A water war in Southwest Utah has ranchers and Native tribes concerned, federal solar subsidies could help communities transition to renewable energy, and Starbucks workers attempt to unionize.

Report: Blaming Youth for COVID Crime Wave is False


Friday, June 24, 2022   

Data from The Sentencing Project showed the share of crimes in the U.S. committed by young people has fallen by more than half in the past two decades.

The findings are in contrast to what the youth-advocacy group calls "false narratives," suggesting a youth violence movement has swept the country since the start of the pandemic.

Sierra Ludington, communications manager for New Mexico Child Advocacy Network, said the state's emphasis on intervention programs has limited the number of juveniles going to correctional facilities.

"Keeping kids with their families and their communities, putting them in restorative justice programs, really indicates that even young people who make a mistake can really become successful adults who contribute to our communities," Ludington asserted.

After most states adopted a "get tough" approach for young offenders in the 1980s, an estimated quarter-million minors were charged as adults each year by the early 2000s, according to Pittsburgh's National Center for Juvenile Justice. The center said the number dropped to about 53,000 in 2019.

Richard Mendel, senior research fellow for The Sentencing Project and the report's author, said stress over the past two years could affect future data and perhaps show a pandemic-era increase in youth crime. But he contended returning to outdated correctional methods would be counterproductive.

"This is not a moment to be panicking about youth crime," Mendel asserted. "Especially if that panic is going to lead us to embrace solutions that we know the evidence shows does not work."

Last month, the Child Advocacy Network debuted a series of videos explaining New Mexico's juvenile justice legal process and how young people and families can navigate the system.

Ludington pointed out the videos stress the state code for juveniles is designed to provide a program of supervision, care and rehabilitation.

"Preventing children from facing adult consequences for typical adolescent behavior, as well as giving them an opportunity for rehabilitation, is key," Ludington emphasized. "I can't say it enough, that positive youth development is key."

The new report suggested stronger investments in social and mental health supports in schools and communities could help continue the trend of fewer crimes committed by youth.

get more stories like this via email
During open enrollment for 2022 coverage, Georgia saw a record number of individuals, more than 700,000, sign up for health insurance. ( Stock)

Health and Wellness

Open enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is already underway, and ends on Jan. 15. More than 1.3 million Georgians do …

Social Issues

Holiday shoppers this week have no shortage of options with Small Business Saturday being observed on Nov. 26. Sandwiched between Black Friday and …

Health and Wellness

The American Heart Association has developed a series of videos to educate women about heart disease. The Red Chair Series is a four-episode series …

Chris Powers stands in front of the Land Bank lot that he tried to bid on in Southern Ohio. (Eye on Ohio)

Social Issues

By Lucia Walinchus for Eye on Ohio.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Ohio News Connection Collaboration reporting for the Ohio Center for Invest…

Social Issues

While many Iowa families gather through this weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving in traditional ways with food and family, thousands of people take to …

The EPA claims that the EES Coke Battery plant has emitted thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide annually beyond its permitted limit of 2,100 tons. (Wikipedia)


Members of a Detroit-area community are intervening in an Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit against a DTE Energy subsidiary charged with dumping…

Health and Wellness

A bill headed to President Joe Biden's desk addresses a long-standing problem for domestic violence survivors, ending their ties to their abusers' …


Oregon is home to a plethora of rivers, but those waterways are not always accessible to every community. A new video series highlights how …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021