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ERIC Number: ED298392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Tracking Offenders: The Child Victim. Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin.
Manson, Donald A.; Sedgwick, Jeffrey L., Ed.
This research focused on the criminal justice system's handling of offenders against children, comparing it with the processing of offenders against all victims. Data were obtained from California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Virginia for offenses against children and against all victims in the areas of kidnapping, sexual assault, other sex offenses, and family offenses. Information on offender race, sex, and age was also obtained. Analysis of data showed that offenders against children were prosecuted more often than were other offenders. The data also showed that fewer offenders against children were incarcerated and, when incarcerated, received shorter sentences to prison than did other offenders. Whether this pattern was attributable to the offender/child victim relationship, differences in the severity of crimes against adult victims as opposed to crimes against child victims, or other undiscovered causes could not be determined from the data. The race of the offender did not appear to be a factor in the probability of conviction, although probability of conviction if arrested did vary by sex of the offender. (Tables are provided which illustrate the outcome for offenders by offense, race, sex, and age for each of the six states individually and for four states combined.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Bureau of Justice Statistics.