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NCJ Number: 139795 Find in a Library
Title: Who Gets Arrested? The Delinquent Behavior of Arrested Adolescents: A Research Brief of the Denver Youth Survey
Corporate Author: University of Colorado
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To determine the incidence of adolescent arrests and the relation between the seriousness and frequency of delinquent activity and the probability of arrest, self- reported delinquency and arrest data were obtained from the adolescent subsample of the Denver Youth Survey.
Abstract: Youth aged 11, 13, and 15 in 1987 were classified as nondelinquents, low-level (moderate) delinquents, and high- level delinquents. The probability of arrest increased with increasing levels of delinquency. Four percent of youth who reported no delinquency involvement reported being arrested, and 10 percent of low-level offenders reported arrests. Of moderate and high-level offenders, 27 and 25 percent, respectively, reported arrests. High-level offenders were more likely to have two or more arrests than were the other groups. Of those with two or more arrests, 88 percent were from moderate or high-level delinquency groups. Although the probability of arrest increased with increasing levels of offense seriousness and frequency, most moderate and high- level offenders reported no arrests. Also, within the group of arrestees, almost half were low-level or nondelinquents. There was a significant difference in arrest rates for boys and girls, even when controlling for level of delinquency involvement. 1 table
Main Term(s): Juvenile arrest trends
Index Term(s): Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Colorado; Juvenile delinquents; Male female juvenile offender comparisons; Self reported crimes
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