The Second American Crime Drop

cover_buttsevans2014Butts, Jeffrey A. and Douglas N. Evans (2014). The Second American Crime Drop: Trends in Juvenile and Youth Violence. In Juvenile Justice Sourcebook, 2nd Edition (Wesley T. Church II, David Springer, and Albert R. Roberts (Editors), pp. 61-77. New York: Oxford University Press.

Are today’s violent crime rates different from the rates of 30 years ago? Do trends in serious and violent crime by juveniles (under age 18) differ from trends among older youth (i.e., young adults ages 18-24), and how much of the overall crime decline that began in the 1990s can be attributed to juvenies and older youth?