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NCJ Number: NCJ 165256     Find in a Library
Title: Youngest Delinquents: Offenders Under Age 15
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Jeffrey A. Butts Ph.D. ; Howard N. Snyder Ph.D.
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 12
  Annotation: This Bulletin presents findings of a study that examined the most recent data on juvenile arrests and the delinquency cases processed by US juvenile courts.
Abstract: This study compared the characteristics of young offenders arrested in recent years with those arrested in 1980 and analyzed the juvenile court's response to those offenders once they had been charged. Findings suggest that today's serious and violent juvenile offenders are not significantly younger than those of 10 or 15 years ago. Yet many juvenile justice professionals, as well as the public, would assert the opposite. The study suggests several factors are at work: (1) Overall growth in the number of violent juvenile offenders has drawn increased attention to the problem of young offenders in general; (2) The nature of the delinquency cases involving juveniles age 12 or younger has changed; (3) Delinquency caseloads have doubled nationwide since 1970; (4) Justice professionals tend to accumulate memories of exceptional cases; and (5) The news media have increased their reporting of crime, especially violent crimes by the very young. Figures, tables
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Media coverage ; Arrest and apprehension ; Juvenile courts ; Violent juvenile offenders ; Public Opinion of Crime ; Juvenile murderers ; Juvenile crime statistical analysis ; Juvenile delinquency ; Juvenile offenders
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 95-JN-FX-0008
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin, September 1997
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