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  NCJ Number: NCJ 227403   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Impact of Incarceration on Young Offenders
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Kristy Nana Matsuda
  Date Published: 04/2009
  Page Count: 179
  Annotation: This study examined the impact of incarceration on the likelihood of recommitment for 9,892 young offenders (ages 14-21 at admission) in California.
  Abstract: The study data show that young offenders sentenced by criminal courts and housed in juvenile facilities had the lowest rate of recommitment after release compared to those sentenced by criminal courts and housed in adult facilities as well as those sentenced by juvenile courts and housed in juvenile facilities. Factors characteristic of the offenders' lives upon admission to incarceration were the strongest predictors of recidivism for all three groups; however, the study found that distinctive experiences while in prison may hinder positive development and normal desistance from crime that typically occurs with aging. Offenders housed in juvenile facilities, regardless of the type of sentencing court, showed a decrease in recidivism as they matured; offenders housed in adult prisons, on the other hand, showed no decrease in offending as they aged. In analyzing the findings, the study challenges the current trend in public policy that assumes that serious and/or older offenders are not susceptible to positive change under the rehabilitative model of the juvenile justice system. The author proposes the “Deprivation of Development Theory,” which integrates importation (offender characteristics present upon admission to incarceration) and deprivation theories (distinctive harmful experiences while incarcerated) in explaining criminal career trajectories in the context of adolescent development. The study used official data from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in following the offender sample from the sentencing court through every facility in which they were housed during their incarceration and over the 5-year period after release. 14 tables, 8 figures, and 147 references
  Main Term(s): Juvenile offenders
  Index Term(s): Juvenile court waiver ; Juveniles in adult facilities ; Juvenile inmates ; Juvenile Recidivism ; Effects of juvenile imprisonment ; Juvenile to adult criminal careers ; Recidivism causes ; NIJ final report ; California
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2007-IJ-CX-0007
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  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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