ERIC Number: ED348594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan-17
Juvenile Delinquency: A Study of Massachusetts Juvenile Probationers.
Archibald, Matthew E.; And Others
Comparative research in juvenile delinquency provides criminal justice professionals with a mechanism for better decision-making. This study analyzed juvenile probationer arraignments and the offender risk/need classification assessment to better understand juvenile court careers and probation recidivism. Analyses were based on data generated by Massachusetts courts for juveniles (N=779) placed on probation during 1989. Court data comprised the youth's first arraignment through the 18-month follow-up period after placement on probation. Continued offender court involvement places a great burden on the criminal justice system and on the community. Results of analyses indicated: (1) persistent court involvement progressed with each arraignment; (2) paralleling other juvenile probationer studies, roughly 42% of juvenile probationers were re-arraigned within 18 months after placement on probation; (3) juveniles arraigned for index offenses, and especially those arraigned for index violent offenses, prior to current probation supervision, were more likely to recidivate than offenders who had been arraigned for less serious offenses; and (4) indicators of risk to recidivate, such as prior record delineate offender behavior requiring long-range intervention solutions, with indicators such as school disciplinary problems and negative peer relations providing targets for short-term interventions. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Trial Court, Boston. Office of Commissioner of Probation.