skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 201853 Find in a Library
Title: Do Youthful Offenders Reject Adult Punishment Norms?
Journal: Candandian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice  Volume:45  Issue:2  Dated:April 2003  Pages:243-257
Author(s): Jane B. Sprott
Editor(s): Julian V. Roberts
Date Published: April 2003
Page Count: 15
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored whether people view young offenders as a distinct group of youths who reject society’s punishment norms through an examination of young offenders’ views on appropriate punishment using three hypothetical cases.
Abstract: The idea that offenders, as a group, are different from others in society is not new. There is a perception among members of the public that young offenders are a distinct group of youths who are different from “normal” adolescents. In extending previous research, this study, using three hypothetical cases, examined both young offenders and members of the public and their views on appropriate punishment. To obtain multiple comparisons, they were asked for their views on each other’s punishment preferences and their views on the punishment preferences of children who had not committed any crimes. A survey was administered to male youths in five open custody facilities in Canada in the fall of 1998. Through random-digit dialing techniques, 108 people were selected throughout Toronto, Ontario. Members of the public saw average youth suggesting harsher punishments than young offenders. Even though the public perceived young offenders as sentencing leniently, young offenders recommended more harsh punishments than punishments recommended by the public. There is no evidence from this study to suggest that young offenders reject societal norms for the sanctioning of various behaviors. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Punishment
Index Term(s): Canada; Juvenile offenders; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Public Opinion of Juveniles; Societal norms; Society-crime relationships; Youthful offenders
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.