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Chattanooga area seeing fewer juvenile arrests

Sometimes, when a juvenile is accused of having broken the law, they are placed under arrest. Being arrested can be very traumatic for a kid and can lead to a kid being in juvenile court proceedings that could end up impacting their future in some very big ways. Thus, having been arrested can be a very difficult and potentially life-altering situation for a juvenile.

In the past few years, the number of juveniles ending up in this situation has been going down in the Chattanooga area. This can been seen in some statistics that have come out regarding the combined annual totals the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Chattanooga police have had when it comes to juvenile arrests.

The statistics indicate that, between 2010 and 2014, this annual juvenile arrest total went down by well over half. In 2014, the total was 478. In 2010, the total was 1,204.

Increased focus on using non-arrest ways of dealing with juvenile offense issues is one of the things local officials are saying is behind this downward trend in juvenile arrests in the area.

What do you think of the juvenile arrest drop the Chattanooga area has been seeing? What do you think is the biggest contributing factor to the drop? What effects do you think this trend is having, overall, on juveniles in the area? What do you think are some of the best ways for authorities to address juvenile offense issues?

Of course, even with the decrease in juvenile arrests the area has been experiencing, there are still a fair number of juveniles who end up being arrested in the area. Given how impactful juvenile court proceedings can be, strong legal representation can be quite important for juveniles who have been arrested.

Source: Times Free Press, "Juvenile arrests on the decline in Chattanooga, Hamilton County," Shelly Bradbury, May 10, 2015 

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