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  NCJ Number: NCJ 191028     Find in a Library
  Title: Offenders Incarcerated for Crimes Against Juveniles
  Document URL: HTML PDF 
  Author(s): David Finkelhor ; Richard Ormrod
  Corporate Author: Crimes Against Children Research Center
United States of America
  Date Published: 12/2001
  Page Count: 12
  Series: OJJDP Crimes Against Children Series
  Annotation: This report explores the characteristics of offenders incarcerated for victimizing children and youth.
  Abstract: Offenders who victimize juveniles present unique challenges to the criminal justice system because of the vulnerable nature of their victims and because of society‚Äôs highly charged reaction to crimes against children and youth. The current analysis relies on the 1997 Survey of Inmates in State Correctional Facilities to describe the characteristics of offenders against juveniles. Survey results indicate that 65 percent of offenders incarcerated for crimes against juveniles were sex offenders compared with only 7 percent of offenders incarcerated for crimes against adults. Most victims were family members or acquaintances of the offender. Offenders against juveniles tended to be white, married, and over the age of 30 years. Offenders who victimize juveniles were more likely than other offenders to have been physically or sexually abused as children. A review of sentencing decisions indicates that sentences for offenders who victimize teenagers were less severe than for offenders who victimize children in younger age categories. Overall, the findings suggest that offenders who victimize children and youth make up a large and growing proportion of prison populations. Figures, tables, references
  Main Term(s): Crimes against children ; Offender profiles
  Index Term(s): Offense characteristics ; Juvenile victims ; Correctional facility surveys
  Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
  Grant Number: 98-JN-FX-0012;2000-JW-VX-0005
  Sale Source: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Survey
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: Downloaded November 9, 2004.
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