ERIC Number: ED446168
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Will of the People? The Public's Opinion of the Violent and Repeat Juvenile Offender Act of 1997.
Schiraldi, Vincent; Soler, Mark
The Violent and Repeat Juvenile Offender Act of 1997 (S-10) contains provisions that would affect youths arrested for criminal offenses and status offenses (acts that are not crimes if committed by adults). A telephone survey was conducted by Opinion Research Corporation to determine public opinions about the provisions of S-10. A national probability sample of 503 men and 504 women, aged 18 and older, was surveyed. Survey results show strong public opposition to some of the most important elements of S-10. Respondents overwhelmingly opposed housing juveniles in adult jails, jailing status offenders with adults, sharing arrest records with prospective colleges, expelling students for smoking cigarettes, and granting prosecutors exclusive jurisdiction over whether juveniles should be tried as adults. Respondents also strongly supported setting aside funds in the new act specifically for juvenile crime prevention programs. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, College Admission, Crime, Federal Legislation, Juvenile Justice, Prevention, Public Opinion, Surveys
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, 1622 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Tel: 415-621-5661; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.cjcj.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Youth Law Center, San Francisco, CA.; Justic Policy Inst., Washington, DC.