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Data reveal unequal treatment of youth

Juvenile crime falling in Massachusetts

For immediate release: November 29, 2012
Contact: Naoka Carey, (617) 338-1050

Juvenile crime decreased 37 percent in the past two years in Massachusetts, with non-violent offenses making up the vast majority of charges against youth, according to a report by Citizens for Juvenile Justice.

The report, Data•Points, paints a picture of declining youth crime but also of regional disparities and other troubling trends in the juvenile justice system. Data•Pointscalls for far more data collection and transparency so that the public can better judge the juvenile justice system’s effectiveness and fairness.

Key findings include:

For a complete copy of the report, please visit