Panel holds open discussion on juvenile crime

A Look at Juvenile Crime
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A panel of speakers held an open discussion Thursday on juvenile crime and how to address it.

Their conversation will become part of a 10-part mini-series for Memphis production company R-U Tomorrow.

For those who deal with juvenile crime here in Region 8 though, the conversation sparked ideas for how to change the problem.

The panel, comprised of everyone from students to teachers to those who work in the justice system, gave varying perspectives on why kids commit crime.

They discussed everything from peer pressure, to a lack of parental support, to kids just being bored. For Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd, who sees juveniles housed in the county detention center daily, this discussion was a great way to get the ball rolling.

"Some issues we can address from the law enforcement standpoint of what we need to do better, what we need to strengthen from our courts to any kind of community project," Sheriff Boyd said.

The mini-series, which will air in the spring, is called Why Kids Commit Crimes.

Already, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin and Police Chief Rick Elliott have recorded segments for the program.

R-U Tomorrow said they hope to do a screening of the series at Arkansas State University before it premieres this spring.

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