Delinquent youth are at risk of early violent death in adulthood, regardless of race, and females are especially vulnerable, a study released Monday suggested.
Girls detained by authorities had nearly five times the rate of violent death as females in the general population – in part because of low rates of violent death for females in general, the researchers said.
Karen Kaplan “Our findings are shocking,” said Linda Teplin, lead author of the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, and a professor of psychiatry and behavior sciences at Northwestern University’s medical school. The researchers interviewed 1,829 people ages 10 to 18 who were detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago from 1995 to 1998. The participants were followed for up to 16 years later, using death records.
The comparison group is the overall population of Chicago’s Cook County. The juveniles who took part had not yet had their cases adjudicated – and so were not convicted at that point. Of the participants, 111 died, 75 of those as victims of homicide. Of the 75, 68 were killed with firearms. Death rates of Latino males were nearly five times the general population, and Latino females died at more than nine times the rate of the general population. The rate for African Americans was 4.5 times that of whites. At 25 to 29 years of age, the male death rate was still more than twice that of the general population.
there is a bias here: There are probably more middle class blacks in Chicago city limits than middle class Hispanics, so they would lower the rate. I suspect if you limited the comparison population to certain neighborhoods, it would be higher in Blacks than reported.
Of course, middle class blacks living in borderline neigborhoods are often victimized by gangs too.
and if you peruse the CDC webpages, most of these murders are gang/drug related.
Which is why Drudge's headlines about the central American drug gangs funneling into the US under the "Dream act" amnesty of Obama is so dangerous.
And I suspect a lot of these "under 18" kids are in their early 20's, just like the "teenagers" who made my son's life miserable in Junior high, where they claimed to be only 15...