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NCJ Number: 189929 Find in a Library
Title: Consulting Editor's Editorial: Female Juvenile Murderers: Beyond the Grace Factor
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:45  Issue:3  Dated:June 2001  Pages:275-277
Author(s): Kathleen M. Heide
Date Published: June 2001
Page Count: 3
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After profiling the transformation of a female juvenile murderer into a responsible prosocial young adult, this editorial argues for the need to increase research on what distinguishes female juvenile murderers who are rehabilitated from those who are not rehabilitated.
Abstract: In-depth studies of juvenile female murderers as a special group are critically needed for prevention and intervention purposes. Available studies suggest that it is ill-advised to base conclusions on programming for girls that is based on knowledge of women or male offenders. A 10 year analysis of 38,749 homicide arrestees, for example, found that there were consistent offense differences between girl and women offenders and between boys and girls. Long-term follow-up studies of female juvenile offenders in particular are also critically needed. A follow-up study of 59 male juveniles incarcerated for murder or attempted murder found that, despite long sentences, more than 70 percent had been released from adult prisons within the 15- to 17-year period under investigation. Results suggested that almost 60 percent of released subjects were returned to prison, and most of those who failed did so within the first 3 years of release. To what extent similar result would be found with a sample of female juvenile offenders is unknown. Once research identifies pathways that lead girls to murder and determines their recidivism rate when they are released, then research can examine what distinguishes those who make a successful postrelease adjustment from those who do not. 5 references
Main Term(s): Female juvenile delinquents
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Female murderers; Female offenders; Research
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