A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 11, 1977

"People in neighborhoods like Harlem are so terrified of young criminals that normal, everyday transactions—like crossing the street or selling goods—have become fraught with fear," says Associate Editor Edwin Warner, who wrote this week's cover story on the growing American scourge of juvenile crime. The article profiles a new breed of delinquent—youngsters who casually commit murder, rape, assault and arson. It discusses the reasons for their delinquency, and describes the floundering juvenile justice system that must deal with them.

Warner has had more than his share of run-ins with young criminals. Active in his Manhattan block association, he has intervened...

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