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Federal Prosecution of Juveniles
Clearly, youth violence is the greatest single crime problem that this nation faces. I have asked United States Attorneys, the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, and our Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to do everything possible to address the issues of youth violence. It is not only a criminal justice problem but it's one of the great public health problems we face in America today. I think it's imperative that we work with state and local law enforcement to do everything we can to pursue the serious juvenile offender. If it's a gang activity that cuts across state lines or district lines, and we can properly assist local law enforcement, or if there are reasons that make federal laws more effective in focusing on and disrupting gang activity, we should pursue that as a partner with local law enforcement. There has to be a fair and firm sanction that fits the crime. At the same time, we've got to develop comprehensive initiatives that prevent violent crime amongst our youth.
Janet Reno, United States Attorney General, Remarks at Weekly Press Conference at the United States Department of Justice (October 27, 1994).
Janet Reno, United States Attorney General, Remarks at Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues, Kansas State University (October 24, 1995).
[cited in USAM 9-8.230]