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NCJ Number: 235827 Find in a Library
Title: Screening Cautioned Young People for Further Assessment and Intervention
Author(s): Bronwyn Lind
Date Published: January 2011
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 978-1-921824-13-5
Sale Source: New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Level 8, St James Centre
111 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000,
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This study examined whether it is possible to predict which young people cautioned by police will reoffend.
Abstract: Results indicate that the risk of further offending after being cautioned by police could be predicted from the number of previous contacts, whether the caution was issued by police or a court. The typical juvenile cautioned by the police or courts is male, non-indigenous, lives in a major city, is aged between 15 and 17, and lives in a socio-economically disadvantaged area. The majority of those cautioned have had either no prior contact with the criminal justice system or, at most, one or two contacts. Fewer than 10 percent have had a prior contact with the criminal justice system for a violence offense. A large proportion (52 percent) over the following three years after the caution will have at least one more contact with the criminal justice system. One in five will have only one further contact but a substantial proportion will be cautioned, referred to a conference, or taken to court several times. Twenty-one percent of those who are cautioned will have a t least three further criminal justice contacts over the next 3 years. Those who did have further contacts were not being picked up for minor offenses. The most common subsequent offenses were violent offenses (mostly assaults), theft, and driving offenses. This study used information readily available at the time young offenders (n=8,537) were cautioned in 2006. Tables, figures, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice system; New South Wales
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Intervention; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile Recidivism; Juvenile recidivism prediction; Juvenile recidivism statistics
Note: NSW Crime and Justice Bulletin, Number 149, January 2011
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