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NCJ Number: 134754 Find in a Library
Title: Human Costs of "Giving the Kid Another Chance"
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:35  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1991)  Pages:296-302
Author(s): W K Brown; T P Miller; R L Jenkins; W A Rhodes
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study of juvenile-to-adult criminal careers is based on a 10- to 25-year followup study of 500 randomly selected cases of juveniles adjudicated delinquent in the juvenile court of Dauphin County, Pa.
Abstract: Of 105 juveniles aged 7-12 on first referral, only 29 (28 percent) were taken into juvenile court and adjudicated delinquent on the first referral. Of 273 juveniles aged 13-15 on first referral, 134 (49 percent) were taken into juvenile court and adjudicated delinquent on first referral. Of 98 juveniles aged 13-15 on first referral, 134 (49 percent) were taken into juvenile court and adjudicated delinquent on first referral. Of 243 juveniles adjudicated delinquent in juvenile court on their first referral to juvenile justice, 20 percent were imprisoned after the age of 18. Of 233 juveniles not taken to juvenile court on their first referral to juvenile justice, 43 percent were imprisoned after the age of 18. It has long been known that the younger the ages of children when they first commit delinquent acts, the worse their prognosis for future involvement in the criminal justice system. This study concludes that the unfavorable outcome for early-age contact with the juvenile justice system can be accounted for by a practice regarded as "giving the kid another chance," i.e., not taking juveniles into court on their first juvenile justice referral. 4 tables and 8 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile to adult criminal careers
Index Term(s): Juvenile processing; Juvenile Recidivism; Pennsylvania
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