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NCJ Number: 127296 Find in a Library
Title: Learning Handicapped and Nonlearning Handicapped Female Juvenile Offenders: Educational and Criminal Profiles
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:38  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1987)  Pages:148-153
Author(s): K E Fejes-Mendoza; R B Rutherford Jr
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Thirty female juvenile offenders incarcerated in Arizona were interviewed using a series of free response questions and a funneling procedure in order to describe their educational and criminal profiles in comparison with a subgroup of handicapped female juvenile offenders.
Abstract: The results reveal that the respondents had fallen an average of one grade level behind their age group in school; over half had failed one or more grades. A previous finding, that school failure was linked to recidivism, was borne out by the fact that over 90 percent of the female juvenile offenders in Arizona had more than one serious arrest. Compared to 10 percent of the general population that requires special education, 27 percent of the female juvenile offenders interviewed had some degree of educational handicap. Handicapped female juvenile offenders were more likely than nonlearning handicapped female juvenile offenders to have been incarcerated for the first time, to have been with female friends during the commission of the crime, to have failed one or more grades in school, and to have belonged to a gang. 4 tables and 20 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Educationally disadvantaged persons; Female juvenile delinquents
Index Term(s): Arizona; Comparative analysis; Offender profiles
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