Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Therapy Helps Troubled Teens Rethink Crime
I heard this story on NPR on the way into work yesterday. Late one night in November 2007, Amadou Cisse was accousted by a young man named Demetrius Warren. Warren demanded Cisse's backpack and water bottle. Warren ends up shooting Cisse at point-blank range. The case prompts the folks from the University of Chicago's Crime Lab to perform a "social autopsy" on every youth homicide for a year. They found out that the conventional ways we think about crime doesn't make sense. They found that the majority of youth homicides are hastily planned sudden altercations that have terrible consequences because one of the parties has a gun and decides to use it.