In an effort to reduce Trenton’s high rate of youth violence and crime, TPPB is adhering to The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention’s four recommended working group categories: Prevention, Intervention, Enforcement, and Reentry. By developing an action strategy for these working groups, we hope to deter youth from engaging in violent and delinquent behavior that currently affects the Trenton community.
Notable data points:
- In 2016,the Trenton Police Department reported 162 shootings, a 40% increase from 112 in 2015.
- According to the New Jersey State Police, Trenton had a total of 21 homicides in 2016.
- The New Jersey Department of Education reported that during 2015, school violence was reported in Trenton 17.2% of the time, versus the 5.30% of the state average per 1,000 students.
- The New Jersey Department of Education reported that Trenton schools had a 68.3% graduation rate in 2015.
- In 2014, the U.S. Census reported that only 2.2% of Trenton residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to the state average of 13.5%.
- Studies from the New Jersey Department of Education have shown that school dropout rates for Trenton students were at 35.6%, compared to the overall state average of 4.78% between 2013-2014.
- Between 2013-2014, chronic absenteeism among Trenton students was significantly higher than the state average. For Trenton, K-3 was at 25% and 11-12 was at 54%, whereas the overall state average was at 9% and 16% respectively.
- In 2012, the New Jersey Department of Health reported that the rate of teen pregnancy in Trenton was 3.6 times higher than the state average.
- The New Jersey Department of Health reported in 2013 that per 1,000 youth, 62.6% of Trenton showed lead levels of 5+ ug/dl in their bloodstream, compared to the 31.6% state average. Studies have shown that there is no safe lead level for children. Presence of lead in the bloodstream is known to affect IQ, cause behavioral and attention issues, and stunted growth.
- Trenton youth are 2.2 times more likely than the state average to have grandparents as legal guardians. Children raised by their grandparents are likely to display various physical, academic, and behavioral problems. They are also more likely to display a multitude of health problems, including signs of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and aggression.