Photo by Steve Davis, at a Washington State juvenile correctional facility.
Earlier, we showed how juvenile crime rates skyrocketed throughout the late 80s and early 90s. In 1995, a political scientist named John Dilulio Jr. forecasted that juvenile crime rates would go even higher. He warned of the “coming of the super-predators,” and it started a media sensation. Nearly every state responded by adopting reforms that meant harsher punishment for juveniles. Between 1987 and 1995, an historic number of juveniles were put into adult jails and prisons. Including Jeff Coats. Today, we review Dilulio’s projections and their effects.