Councilman wants “scared straight” program as teen violence continues to rise


Nashville has a teen violence problem but city leaders have different opinions on the possible solutions.

According to numbers provided by the Juvenile Justice Center, violent crimes amongst teens have increased dramatically.

For instance, juvenile arrests for aggravated robberies have more than doubled this year compared to 2016.

From January 1 to June 1, 53 teens were arrested for aggravated robbery. From January 1 to June 1 last year, 26 teens were arrested for aggravated robbery.

Juvenile arrests for vehicle thefts has also increased from 44 to 74 for the same time periods.

The number of teens arrested for murder has increased from six to ten.

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