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NCJ Number: 66512 Find in a Library
Title: PRELIMINARY STATISTICS FROM A SAMPLE SURVEY OF JUVENILES IN CONFLICT WITH THE LAW
Journal: LAW ENFORCEMENT, JUDICIAL AND CORRECTIONAL STATISTICS  Volume:5  Issue:2 P 1-9
Author(s): ANON
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: 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: Survey
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: PRELIMINARY STATISTICS FROM A SAMPLE SURVEY OF JUVENILES HANDLED BY 320 POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS CANADA DURING DECEMBER 1976 ARE PRESENTED.
Abstract: THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF THE SOLICITOR GENERAL AND THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE. SURVEY GOALS WERE TO EXAMINE THE AGE DISTRIBUTION AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THESE JUVENILES, TYPES OF OFFENSES, AND USE OF SUCH PROGRAMS AS DIVERSION. JUVENILES WERE DEFINED AS ANYONE UNDER AGE 16 IN MOST PROVINCES. ALL POLICE FORCES SERVING JURISDICTIONS WITH OVER 50,000 POPULATION WERE SURVEYED, AS WERE A 20 PERCENT RANDOM SAMPLE OF SMALLER JURISDICTIONS. THE RESULTING SAMPLE OF 8,903 PERSONS INCLUDED APPROXIMATELY THREE-FOURTHS OF THE JUVENILES INVOLVED WITH THE POLICE DURING THE MONTH. ALMOST TWO-THIRDS WERE APPREHENDED FOR PROPERTY CRIMES; FOUR PERCENT FOR VIOLENT OFFENSES AGAINST PERSONS; AND SEVEN PERCENT FOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS. THE NUMBERS AND VARIETY OF OFFENSES GREW WITH EACH INCREASING AGE GROUP. METROPOLITAN AREAS WERE CHARACTERIZED BY HIGHER PROPORTIONS OF VIOLENT OFFENSES AND MINOR THEFT THAN WERE OTHER AREAS. HALF THE JUVENILES HAD NO RECORDED PRIOR CONTACT WITH THE POLICE. THREE-QUARTERS OF THE JUVENILES WERE MALE. POLICE CHARGED ONE-THIRD OF THE JUVENILES, RECOMMENDED CHARGES FOR ANOTHER 11 PERCENT, AND GAVE WARNINGS IN 42 PERCENT OF THE CASES. GIVING OF WARNINGS WAS MOST PREVALENT IN ONTARIO (65 PERCENT) AND LEAST PREVALENT IN MANITOBA (UNDER 3 PERCENT). VARIATIONS AMONG DEPARTMENTS WITHIN PROVINCES AS WELL AS VARIATIONS BETWEEN PROVINCES WERE FOUND. TABLES ARE INCLUDED. THE REPORT IS IN ENGLISH AND IN FRENCH. (CFW)
Index Term(s): Canada; Crime Statistics; Crime surveys; Juvenile statistics; Police juvenile relations; Spectrophotometry
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