A pandemic silver lining: Juvenile arrests are down sharply in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TNS/WMOT) -- Tennessee juvenile courts say arrests of young people have dropped about 40 percent since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Davidson County Juvenile Court Administrator Kathryn Sinback says there are fewer chances for teens to find trouble while at home with their parents. She says the unique circumstances show just how important “family togetherness and family bonding” are to controlling delinquency.
An analysis by the Annie E. Casie Foundation shows the drop is part of a wider trend. Nationwide, new admissions were down 29 percent in March when compared to pre-pandemic levels. At the same time, releases from juvenile facilities during March were up across the U.S. by roughly 11 percent.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story courtesy of a colaboration between the Tennessee News Service and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.