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Behavioral health expert weighs in on uptick in Memphis juvenile crime


As we inch more into the Summer of 2022, crime that involves Memphis teenagers is happening more and more.

In his weekly update, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wrote on several instances where teens, some as young as 13, are stealing cars and pointing guns at citizens.

“What we see is a reflection of an unmet need,” said Dr. Altha Stewart.

Dr. Stewart is a Psychiatrist the Director of the Center for Youth Advocacy and Well-Being at UT’s Health Science Center.

She told us while she acknowledges the behavior is criminal, as a professional she is looking for the root cause of this behavior.

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