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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 16, 2019

Despite an overall decrease in juvenile crime, Memphis is experiencing a rise in violent juvenile crime, the Daily Memphian reports. According to the Memphis Shelby County Juvenile Court, the number of charges for violent juvenile crime has risen from 282 in 2018 to 463 in 2019 — a 64.2% increase. Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael says something has to be done to help juveniles charged with violent crimes, which include charges of murder, aggravated assault and aggravated robbery. Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich also says the community needs to commit “to reducing these numbers.”