Juvenile Crime Rate and Trends

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn.(WDEF)- Chattanooga Police most recently reported to two separate crime scenes.

Both were shootings that included minors according to CPD.

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News 12 sought out information on the juvenile crime rate from the Hamilton County Juvenile Court.

“Those numbers have been dropping both nationwide and here locally” said Judge Robert Philyaw.

Judge Philyaw says community programs, schools, and law enforcement are playing a role in the drop in crime rate.

But harsher crimes, like shootings and auto-thefts, are becoming a trend and Judge Philyaw is setting the alarm.

“Younger people are getting caught up in more serious what would be more felonious activity.”

In 2018, Tennessee passed the ‘Juvenile Justice Reform Act’, prohibiting the court systems to house and develop minors past 6 months.

“When we do have to commit a child to the Department of Children Services Juvenile Justice Division, the level of treatment they receive in Tennessee in my opinion is very weak and they’re back in the community far too quickly.”