TEEN CRIME

CONGRESS WANTS TO CRACK DOWN ON JUVENILE OFFENDERS. BUT IS THROWING TEENS INTO ADULT COURTS--AND ADULT PRISONS--THE BEST WAY?

Congress made an agreeable discovery three years ago. Early in 1994, in an abrupt statistical spike, voters in large numbers started saying that crime was their No. 1 concern. So when the House and Senate passed the omnibus crime bill later that year, people actually noticed. Which is one reason why, in a sluggish political summer, when Washington is competing with Mars and Mike Tyson for some quality time with the rest of America, Congress is going after crime again. In May the House passed a bill that would give $1.6 billion to states that agree to toughen their handling of...

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