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NCJ Number: 221009 Find in a Library
Title: Costs of Juvenile Crime in Urban Areas: A Longitudinal Perspective
Journal: Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:January 2008  Pages:3-27
Author(s): Brandon C. Welsh; Rolf Loeber; Bradley R. Stevens; Magda Stouthamer-Loeber; Mark A. Cohen; David P. Farrington
Date Published: January 2008
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-2363
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 96-MU-FX-0012;50778;411018
Contract Number: 70099-005
Publisher: http://www.sagepub.com/ 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Previously published estimates of the financial costs to victims of a number of violent and property crimes were used to assess the monetary costs to society of self-reported male juvenile offending in urban areas, based on the criminal activity of a cohort of 503 boys (ages 7-17) who composed the youngest sample of the Pittsburgh Youth Study.
Abstract: Using a conservative estimate, the study found that the cohort caused significant financial harm due to their crimes, which ranged from a low estimate of $89 million to a high of $110 million. From an early age, the cohort was responsible for substantial victim losses. These losses mounted in the offending during teen years. Between the ages of 7 and 17, the sample self-reported approximately 12,500 of the 7 types of serious crimes considered in the study. More than two-thirds (69.1 percent) of the crimes were assaults. Larceny was the second most frequent crime, accounting for 25.1 percent of all self-reported crimes. More cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses are needed in assessing the independent and comparative value of early crime prevention, youth development, and juvenile justice programs. 10 tables, 1 figure, and 70 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile crime costs
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; Cost analysis; Cost effectiveness analysis; Cost/Benefit Analysis; Crime costs; Effectiveness of crime prevention programs; Pennsylvania; Treatment effectiveness; Urban area studies
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