Is the Washington region in the midst of a juvenile crime wave? It’s a simple question. But it’s surprisingly difficult to answer. Critics say youth crime is spiking in the District and surrounding neighborhoods. And they say the juvenile justice system is doing a poor job keeping young offenders off the street. But city leaders and advocates complain that a few anecdotes of individual kids are being blown out of proportion. Kojo gets perspectives from researchers and journalists.


  • Shay Bilchik Founder and Director, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute; former Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention(OJJDP), U.S. Department of Justice
  • Robert Pierre Washington Post reporter
  • Liz Ryan President & Chief Executive Officer, Campaign for Youth Justice

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