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Young people kept out of the classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic and those who have yet to return could be a factor fueling a juvenile crime spree across the United States, according to one of the nation’s top law enforcement officials.
FBI Director Christopher A. Wray told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Thursday of what he described as “an alarming uptick in the incidence of juveniles engaging in violence, often graduating from carjackings to even worse violence.”
Juveniles who have not returned to school after pandemic restrictions were lifted “may contribute” to an overall rise in violent crime in some states during and after 2020, the Trump-appointed Wray said during the hearing on security threats.
More than 50 violent crime arrests every day this summer were tallied by the FBI, Wray said, many of whom were young offenders.
“This is a real challenge for the legal system because we’re not set up to very effectively deal with crimes committed by minors,” he added.
Wray said violent criminals who still have access to a cell phone while serving a sentence can “continue to participate in the activity, despite best efforts by correction officials.”A report from the Major Cities Chiefs Association released in […]
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