North Dakota reports juvenile crime rate drop over last decade

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BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota is reporting a drop in juvenile crime rates over the last decade. But, it's not necessarily because children are better behaved.

"The reason why that probably is is population. So we've seen a decline in the youth population for a number of years. And what's happened, some of it with the increase of activity with people moving here for jobs, is that we have a lot of young children in the state," said Cory Pederson, South Central/South West Judicial District Director of Juvenile Court.

Pederson says he hopes crime rates don't go up in the coming years.