School board members in Fairfax County, Virginia, recently voted to let schools in the district decide individually whether to use interior surveillance cameras. The effort to deter juvenile crime was approved with an estimated $885,000 budget.
Juveniles facing criminal charges may be housed in jail with adults. The "sight and sound" protection from adult inmates that today's juvenile crime suspects have are limited to young people charged with the least serious offenses.
A stolen car, a police pursuit, tire spikes and multi-vehicle accidents recently led to the arrest of a 17-year-old Alexandria boy. The alleged juvenile crime took place on a Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 1 in Prince William County.
The probation services director of the Fairfax County Juvenile Court reported that parents of children accused of juvenile drug crimes have a new resource for information about diversion programs after receiving complaints from worried parents.
The OnStar system on a stolen car helped Prince William County police track down three out of four teenagers believed to be involved in an auto theft ring based in the Manassas area. One 18-year-old, a 17-year-old and two 16-year-old males were picked up by police and formally charged with the thefts of cars and guns.
The Supreme Court has drawn a legal line between what a "reasonable" person would think and what a "reasonable" youth might think when being interviewed by law enforcement for a juvenile crime. In a narrow vote, the high court ruled that police must take the age of a suspect into consideration before questioning them, a ruling that could affect youth in Virginia and throughout the country.