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Hamilton County juvenile offense numbers drop but some areas remain troubled

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (Times Free Press) -

Half of all juvenile crimes in Hamilton County can be found in just five areas of Chattanooga.

The 2012 Hamilton County Juvenile Court report shows that while overall juvenile crime is down 21 percent since the court has kept records, a core of Chattanooga's inner city that has one-third of its youth population is responsible for 51 percent of juvenile crimes.

A Times Free Press analysis of court data since 1995 and companion U.S. Census figures revealed trends and patterns among ZIP codes where the court has collected information.

Highlights of the analysis showed that juvenile crime is down by 47 percent from its peak in 2003.

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