09/13/2007

Minneapolis is a template for fight on youth crime

Law enforcement leaders at a recent national summit found answers in the city's approach: Treating the persistent violence as a public health issue.
 
By David Chanen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
SHAUMBURG, Ill. — An innovative and promising effort to attack the roots of juvenile crime in Minneapolis is commanding the attention of police officials across the country.

The holistic approach that views violence among kids as a public health issue as well as a police problem has reduced juvenile crime in Minneapolis by 20 percent from last year, and the approach was highlighted at a recent conference on violence held in Schaumburg, Ill.

The arrest of two teenage gang members in the shooting of a 12-year-old girl last week makes clear that challenges remain. But police in cities where violent crime is escalating hope the Minneapolis lessons can help reduce the carnage - especially among children.

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