Violence has become an everyday fact in our lives. From the moment we awaken and are greeted by the daily newspapers and listen to the radio or television news accounts, we are reminded of the violent society in which we live. Those of my generation know the difference between now and "then." As a youngster, I could roam the streets of my neighborhood in Philadelphia without fear of bodily harm, and could run short- and long-distance tasks walking or using public transportation without fear of theft or injury. Many of my age can recite similar nostalgic recollections. But nostalgia cannot change the current situation. We are confronted with a reality that is frightening for many of our youth.
In this issue, we publish several reports on the status of violence in some parts of the United States. This is part of the efforts of