The superpredator scare of the '90s

A superpredator is a young, juvenile criminal hellbent on causing havoc to society. Unbeknownst to me (because I was a kid at the time) this term was used to stir up fear in the '90s, causing politicians and governments to enact widespread policies that changed society and the prison system for decades to come. This Retro Report is a great summary of all that misinformation and misinterpretation of data and how it ended up putting many young people in jail despite the number of violent youth declining over time.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/07/us/polit...