Since the mid-1990s, violent crime in the United States has decreased 29 percent. Despite this significant drop, there are pockets in our nation where violence thrives and extraordinarily high levels of homicides, assaults and gun crimes occur.
Today, our country has a strong support system for families of missing children. Law enforcement is better trained. We have better laws, better technology. AMBER Alerts and social media have energized the public. As a result, more of the 460,000 children reported missing to law enforcement every year come home.
The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) comprehensive, professional and independent investigations of plane crashes has greatly improved the safety of U.S. commercial aviation.[i] Teamwork among airlines is common as they share vital crash data.
Youth violence is not inevitable. It is preventable. Working together, communities can stop youth violence before it starts. Significant, broad and lasting prevention requires a comprehensive approach. No single program or organization can do it alone. Preventing youth violence involves collaboration among many sectors—including justice, public health, social services, education and business.
On March 15, 2015, Marcus Ladson killed Curtis Avent in Cleveland as part of a shooting spree in revenge for the gang-related killing of his cousin. Without eyewitnesses or DNA evidence, there were few leads. Through the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), investigators were able to link shell casings from the crime scene to four prior incidents.