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NCJ Number: 150164 Find in a Library
Title: Relations Between the Police and Juveniles: Report of the Research
Journal: Deviance et Societe  Volume:17  Issue:4  Dated:(December Trimester 1993)  Pages:419-438
Author(s): J M Renouard
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 19
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: French
Country: France
Annotation: This article studies contemporary criminal justice literature concerning juvenile attitudes toward the police.
Abstract: Based on French and international studies from the 1960's to the present, the article synthesizes three observations which most studies agree on. First, the public image of the police is negative; it is most negative, however, among juveniles and ethnic minorities. Second, the public, including juveniles, expresses a great demand for police protection; however, police service--because of its emphasis on repression rather than protection--does not satisfy that demand. Third, police/juvenile relations are trapped in a vicious circle: The police cannot function effectively without public support, but the public does not support the police because of the negative police image. Several explanations exist for the negative attitudes of juveniles toward the police ranging from the rebellion against all forms of authority to the social class conflict between juveniles and police. Despite widespread disagreement on ways of rendering the police more effective, research now agrees that juveniles are more deterred by the probability of being arrested than by the severity of the punishment. 67 references
Main Term(s): Police juvenile relations
Index Term(s): Juvenile attitudes toward authority; Juvenile justice research; Police-citizen interactions
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