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City Visions: Why has juvenile crime declined?

Apr 1, 2019


Tonight we continue our series on Criminal Justice in the Bay Area, this time with a focus on the juvenile justice system.

  Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle released a report called Vanishing Violence that examines the decline in serious youth crime since the 1990s. As a consequence of this drop, beds sit empty in our juvenile halls and the cost per youth offender is way up.


Do we still need juvenile halls? Why did youth crime decline over the last 20 years?

Host:  Grace Won

Producer: Wendy Holcombe


Allen Nance, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer overseeing San Francisco Juvenile Hall. In 2010 he led the implementation of a new program and rehabilitative model for post-adjudicated youth at the city’s Log Cabin Ranch School.  

Mike Males, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice.  He has contributed research and co-authored publications on issues of drug policy, Three Strikes law, criminal justice realignment, and juvenile justice reform.  He is also content director of Youth Facts.