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NCJ Number: 166196 Find in a Library
Title: Report of Existing Public Opinion Data on Juvenile Justice Issues
Corporate Author: Belden and Russonello Research and Communications
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 39
Sponsoring Agency: Belden and Russonello Research and Communications
Washington, DC 20005
Sale Source: Belden and Russonello Research and Communications
1250 I Street, NW
Suite 460
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Public opinion data on juvenile justice and related issues were analyzed using nationally representative samples and two statewide surveys in California and Virginia.
Abstract: Americans viewed juvenile crime as a serious problem but had an inflated view of such crime. They believed those under 18 years of age committed 43 percent of all violent crimes in the country. Drugs, television violence, lack of morals, and lack of sufficient parenting were considered to be the root causes of juvenile crime. Although Americans broadly supported some type of parental accountability for crimes committed by children, less than a majority were willing to support fines or imprisonment for parents. Americans took a dim view of rehabilitation efforts aimed at juvenile offenders and were more likely to support punishment as a corrective device. The public generally believed in the prosecution of juveniles as adults and also supported the death penalty for teenagers who committed murder. Many Americans embraced less harsh outcomes for first-time offenders. Americans were divided between prevention programs focused on social causes of crime versus law enforcement and punishment. Income more than any other characteristic correlated to attitudes toward juvenile justice issues; for example, lower-income Americans were more likely than those with higher incomes to say they feared teenage violence and were also more likely to overestimate the percentage of violent crimes committed by juveniles. Statewide surveys in California and Virginia showed stronger support for prevention programs than the national surveys. References and tables
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of Juveniles
Index Term(s): California; Crime Causes; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile crime control; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile justice system; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile rehabilitation; Juvenile statistics; Parental influence; Public Opinion of Crime; Virginia
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