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NCJ Number: 67693 Find in a Library
Title: RISING JUVENILE CRIME - FACT OR FICTION? (FROM JUVENILE JUSTICE - NATIONAL CONFERENCE, 5TH, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), FEBRUARY 1978 - AUDIOTAPE CASSETTE PROGRAMS, GROUP 1, 1978 - SEE NCJ-67692)
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America

National District Atorneys Assoc
United States of America

Teach 'Em Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Sponsoring Agency: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
National District Atorneys Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Teach 'Em Inc
Chicago, IL 60611
Publication Number: J-40, SIDE 1
Sale Source: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE GENERAL UNRELIABILITY OF JUVENILE CRIME STATISTICS, AND THE MANIPULATION OF THESE BASICALLY INACCURATE DATA BY SPECIAL INTERESTS, SUCH AS POLICE OFFICIALS SEEKING FUNDS AND CAMPAIGNING POLITICIANS, ARE DISCUSSED.
Abstract: PART OF AN AUDIOCASSETTE SERIES CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 1978 JUVENILE JUSTICE NATIONAL CONFERENCE, THIS CASSETTE DISCUSSES THE CREDIBILITY, OR LACK THEREOF, OF CURRENT PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS OF JUVENILE CRIME. JUVENILE CRIME STATISTICS, GENERALLY DERIVED FROM THE FBI UNIFORM CRIME REPORTS, ARE BASED ON OFTEN SUBJECTIVE AND UNVERIFIABLE VARIABLES, ESPECIALLY IN TERMS OF PERCENTAGES. ALARMING FIGURES, SUCH AS THE 300-PERCENT INCREASE IN JUVENILE COURT CASES SINCE 1957, AND THE 45-PERCENT FIGURE OF JUVENILE OFFENDERS OUT OF THE OVERALL OFFENDER POPULATION, ARE OFTEN MISLEADING, DUE TO SEVERAL REASONS. THESE REASONS INCLUDE A SIZABLE INCREASE IN THE JUVENILE (10-17) GENERAL POPULATION, STATISTICS THAT REFLECT THE NUMBER OF OFFENSES (NOT OFFENDERS), AND A LIKELY INCREASE IN APPREHENSION RATES. OTHER STATISTICAL UNCERTAINTIES CONCERN THE NUMBER OF UNDETECTED JUVENILE OFFENSES AND UNRELIABLE DATA FROM VICTIMIZATION SURVEYS. WHETHER UNDERRATED OR OVERRATED, JUVENILE CRIME RATES, LIKE OTHER CRIMINAL STATISTICS, GIVE AN UNCERTAIN PICTURE OF A COMPLEX PHENOMENON. NO WRITTEN TEXT IS PROVIDED WITH THE CASSETTES. FOR RELATED CASSETTES, SEE NCJ 67692.
Index Term(s): Crime Rate; Crime Statistics; FBI Uniform Crime Reports; Juvenile arrest statistics; Political influences; Public information; Self reported crimes
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. THIS PROGRAM IS ONE SIDE OF THE AUDIOCASSETTE. FOR THE PROGRAM ON THE OTHER SIDE, PLEASE SEE NCJ-67694. FOR THE ENTIRE KIT, SEE NCJ-67692.
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