LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Cases of juvenile violence have become more common in Louisville but continue to shock the community.
Deshawn Johnson was just 15-years-old when police say he and a friend, Jeremiah Carter shot a 14 and a 17-year-old at the Pegasus Parade in 2016. But unfortunately, that wasn't Johnson's first run-in with the law.
“If we want to have any chance at all in trying to give these kids a fighting chance out of the gate, we've got to do more,” said Councilwoman Jessica Green. She is the chairperson of the Public Safety Committee.
Officials say 48 percent of the kids in Jefferson County's juvenile detention center are repeat offenders.
Last year, 18 kids were charged with murder, but Councilwoman Green says it's up to everyone to invest in young people in this community.
“While we come up with money for other things that are important, we have got to come up with money for prevention and rehabilitation,” Councilwoman Green said.
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