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NCJ Number: 113400 Find in a Library
Title: Study Sheds New Light on Court Careers of Juvenile Offenders
Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A youth's second court appearance before age 16 may be an early warning sign of future delinquency, according to a new study ('Court Careers of Juvenile Offenders') on the court careers of juvenile offenders.
Abstract: The study analyzed the court careers of 69,504 youth born between 1962 and 1965 and processed by the juvenile courts in Maricopa County (Phoenix), Ariz., and in Utah. It examined the characteristics of a juvenile offender from the court's perspective and described the type and prevalence of offenses. Only 5 percent of the youth were ever charged with a violent offense, and less than 1 percent had more than one violent offense referral in their court career. Juveniles most likely to have a second court referral were originally charged with burglary, truancy, motor vehicle theft, or robbery. Youth least likely to commit a second offense were originally charged with underage drinking, running away, or shoplifting. Those referred for a violent offense had been or were likely to be charged with a wide range of delinquent behaviors. Study findings can help practitioners and policymakers devise new intervention programs and strategies for juveniles. 1 table, 1 figure.
Main Term(s): Juvenile crime patterns
Index Term(s): Arizona; Juvenile recidivism prediction; Utah
Note: Juvenile Justice Bulletin: OJJDP (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) Update on Research
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