Juvenile firesetters to be focus of biagency study

Issue 11 and Volume 141.

Juvenile firesetters to be focus of biagency study A federally sponsored study on juvenile firesetting will examine the whole problem, from the initial act of arson through the court system and to the counseling of young arsonists. The National Juvenile Firesetter/Arson Control and Prevention Program unites two federal agencies in the fight against juvenile arson: the United States Fire Administration and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The agencies contracted with the Institute of Social Analysis in Washington. D.C. to conduct the four-year study. The statistics on juvenile firesetters are “very, very sketchy,” says Tom Minnich, fire prevention specialist on arson for the USFA and co-project officer. Studies offer insight on particular aspects of juvenile firesetting, he says, but they haven’t dealt with the entire issue at one time. “We ll examine juvenile firesetting from beginning to end,” Minnich says. “It’s a pretty large undertaking, but we believe…

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