The Law: Miller's Method

Juvenile crime surges upward each year. Violent teen-agers terrorize communities. The number of youths arrested for murder, robbery, rape and assault has leaped 254% since 1960. An aroused citizenry, politicians, judges and police are now talking tough. Bills have been proposed in California, Illinois and New York to try "dangerous" teen-agers in adult courts and hit them with adult sentences.

Would such harsh measures work? One man who insists they will not is Jerome Miller, Pennsylvania commissioner of the office of children and youth. Says he: "Locking up most juveniles is nonsense, unless...

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