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NCJ Number: NCJ 241650     Find in a Library
Title: Sentencing Juvenile Offenders to Life in Prison: The Political Sociology of Juvenile Punishment
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Author(s): Jason T. Carmichael ; Giovani Burgos
  Journal: American Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:37  Issue:4  Dated:Winter 2012  Pages:602 to 629
Date Published: 2012
Page Count: 28
  Annotation: This research examines the growing number of juveniles receiving life sentences in adult prisons for their crimes.
Abstract: Sentencing juvenile offenders to life in prison is the most severe criminal penalty available, yet one knows little about the factors that produce jurisdictional differences in the use of such sanctions. Political explanations emphasize conservative values and the strength of more conservative political parties. Threat accounts suggest that this sentence will be more likely in jurisdictions with larger minority populations. After controlling for many explanations using count models, the results show that larger numbers of juvenile life sentences are handed out in more politically conservative States with a stronger Republican Party. Findings also show that racial politics is a factor in juvenile life sentences. Those jurisdictions that have the most Blacks and have judicial elections sentence the most juveniles to life terms. By highlighting the explanatory power of public ideologies, these findings support political explanations for the harshest criminal punishment directed towards juveniles. Abstract published by arrangement with Springer.
Main Term(s): Juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Punishment ; Life sentences ; Political influences ; Sentencing factors ; Minority juvenile offenders
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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