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NCJ Number: 47313 Find in a Library
Title: COMPARISON OF ADMISSION CHARACTERISTICS OF CALIFORNIA YOUTH AUTHORITY WARDS, 1970-1977
Author(s): K S GRIFFITHS
Corporate Author: California Dept of the Youth Authority
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: California Dept of the Youth Authority
Sacramento, CA 95823
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: DATA ON THE CHARACTERISTICS OF JUVENILES COMMITTED TO THE CALIFORNIA YOUTH AUTHORITY BETWEEN 1970 AND 1977 ARE PRESENTED AND ANALYZED.
Abstract: AFTER DECREASING TO A LOW OF 49.3 PERCENT IN 1976, THE PERCENTAGE OF COMMITMENTS ACCOUNTED FOR BY THE JUVENILE COURT INCREASED TO 55.5 PERCENT IN 1977. AS OF 1977, ETHNIC MINORITIES CONSTITUTED 61 PERCENT OF ALL ADMISSIONS, COMPARED TO 45 PERCENT IN 1970. VIOLENT OFFENSES REPRESENT 41 PERCENT OF ALL COMMITMENTS IN 1977, AS COMPARED TO 21 PERCENT IN 1970. THE USE OR POSSESSION OF WEAPONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OFFENSES HAS INCREASED STEADILY SINCE 1970, STABILIZING AT ABOUT 38 PERCENT. THE USE OR POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL AT THE TIME OF THE OFFENSE ALSO HAS INCREASED STEADILY, FROM 9 PERCENT IN 1970 TO 30 PERCENT IN 1977. ALMOST HALF OF ALL FIRST COMMITMENTS HAVE DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL. TWO-THIRDS OF THE WARDS WHO WERE IN THE JOB MARKET WERE UNEMPLOYED AT THE TIME OF THE OFFENSE. MOST WARDS WERE LIVING IN THE PARENTAL HOME AT THE TIME OF THE OFFENSE. ABOUT HALF CAME FROM TWO-PARENT HOMES. OVER ONE-HALF OF THE WARDS HAD FAMILY MEMBERS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS. NEGATIVE PEER GROUP INFLUENCE HAS BEEN BY FAR THE MAJOR PROBLEM IN THE ADJUSTMENT OF YOUTHS COMMITTED TO THE AUTHORITY. TABULAR DATA AND A NARRATIVE SUMMARY OF CHARACTERISTICS ARE INCLUDED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): California; Juvenile Corrections/Detention statistics; Juvenile Corrections/Detention trends; Juvenile statistics
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