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Title: Court Processing Versus Diversion Of Status Offenders - A Test Of Deterrence and Labeling Theories
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:20  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1983)  Pages:39-54
Author(s): S Rausch
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: US Securities and Exchange Cmssn
Washington, DC 20549-2736
Grant Number: 76-JN-99-0015; 76-JN-99-1003
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Two theoretical perspectives, labeling and deterrence, lie at the heart of the current controversy regarding status offenders. These perspectives predict discrepant effects from juvenile court and community-based processing on subsequent behavior.
Abstract: Using data collected during an LEAA-funded evaluation of Connecticut's Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders Project, this paper compares the effects of diversion programs with those of juvenile court processing on subsequent delinquency. The results indicate that it makes no difference, with respect to official recidivism, whether status offenders experience juvenile court processing or a diversion program. Thus, there is no support for one program over the other on the basis of either deterrent or negative labeling effects. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Connecticut; Juvenile court diversion; Juvenile processing; Juvenile status offenders; Recidivism
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the 1980 meetings of the American Society of Criminology in San Francisco
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