ERIC Number: ED266387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Factors Affecting Sentence Severity for Young Adult Offenders.
Greenwood, Peter W.; And Others
This document analyzes the sentencing of young adult defendants in comparison with older adult and younger juvenile offenders, and disputes prior research which held that young adults received more lenient sentencing, perhaps because of the restrictions on disclosing juvenile delinquency histories. The document presents data from samples of young males arrested for armed robbery or residential burglary in Los Angeles County, California; Clark County, Nevada; and King County, Washington. Results of data analysis are presented which indicate that: (1) no evidence of consistent leniency towards young adult offenders was found; (2) both juveniles and young adults with extensive records were sentenced more severely than those with lighter records; (3) the availability of prior records did not guarantee such records would have an effect; (4) consideration of juvenile records only at sentencing may provide adequate discrimination between chronic and occasional offenders; and (5) juvenile arrest charges not resulting in a finding of delinquency are often used to represent the defendant's criminality. Sections of the document discuss origins of the "undue leniency" belief, juvenile records as sentencing data, and differences in disposition patterns of youthful offenders. Reference tables, research design, and references are appended. (ABL)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Criminals, Criminology, Delinquency, Justice, Sentencing, Young Adults
The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90406-2138 ($7.50/copy).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.