The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a “federally-funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.” One resource that is of noted interest for our N0SchoolViolence.org supporters is a Special Feature on Youth Violence.
This feature points to the state of youth violence in the United States, referencing major reports from federal agencies like the CDC and DOJ. For instance, it states, “Youth violence is the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24,” as referenced from the CDC’s “Understanding Youth Violence“. Moreover, the Department of Justice report “Juvenile Arrests 2012” reveals that “since 1980 . . . juvenile arrest rates in 2012 for all crime index offense categories were at historic low levels.”
This feature acts as a clearinghouse of federal agencies’ understanding of youth violence — and is open to the public to see what the facts are. The references in this feature expose the public to big data, evidence-based reports that help identify the causes of youth and school violence. We believe resources like this will help curb youth violence and keep children safe.