Editorial: Breaking the Gang Cycle

The (Vacaville, Calif.) Reporter

March 27, 2011

 

There's a telling graphic in the Juvenile Justice Bulletin put out last by the U.S. Department of Justice. It shows how a child who displays "conduct problems" at age 3 can become the failing 6-year-old in elementary school, the 9-year-old delinquent, the 15-year-old gang member and the 18-year-old involved in serious, violent crime. The graphic also suggests that intervention along that trajectory can change the ultimate outcome. What the graphic doesn't say, but which can be reasonably inferred, is that the earlier such intervention takes place, the less it ultimately costs taxpayers.
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