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NCJ Number: 113444 Find in a Library
Title: Dialogue Part I: Public Policy and the Serious Juvenile Offender
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:2  Issue:1  Dated:(April 1988)  Pages:70-79
Author(s): S J Brodt; J S Smith
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 10
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Arguing that chronic juvenile offenders commit a majority of serious crimes, Alfred Regnery, the Administrator of the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 1985, urged that such offenders be targeted for severe punishment, notably incapacitation, to deter and prevent additional crime. This approach will not be effective, since it fails to address the sociological, particularly familial, factors in juvenile crime.
Abstract: Other policies proposed by Regnery are the cessation of the sealing of juvenile court records when they become adults, reduction in the distinction between juvenile and adult criminals, and experimentation with local programs for controlling juvenile crime. There is no empirical evidence that punitiveness and incapacitation deter juvenile crime. A more fruitful approach is to target the debilitating interpersonal relationships of chronic juvenile offenders, notably the family as the primary socialization agent. Rather than getting tough with the poor and minorities, the Federal Government should model and support policies that create and reinforce social structures that will reduce or inhibit crime. For Part II, Mr. Regnery's response to this critique, see NCJ-113445. 8-item bibliography.
Main Term(s): Serious juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Deterrence; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Juvenile sentencing; Selective incapacitation
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