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ERIC Number: EJ1138341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1053-1890
The Best and Worst of Dispositions: An Analysis of 30 Years of Juvenile Justice Data in La Porte County, Indiana
Kuhn, Jonathan R.; Marsh, Shawn C.; Cotman, Chip
Child & Youth Care Forum, v46 n3 p357-378 Jun 2017
Background: Both observed studies and experimental studies have identified programs, practices, and treatments that are considered effective, ineffective, or harmful for juvenile offenders. Objective: Identify which dispositions were best and worse for each offense in the La Porte County, Indiana, juvenile justice database of over 8500 juvenile offenders from 1983 to 2012. Methods: Recidivism time, offense count, and incident count data were each fit separately to a generalized linear model with an independent offense-disposition variable for 27 individual offenses with the covariates of age, gender, and race. The generalized linear model belonged to a quasi-likelihood family with an identity link where variance was assumed to equal mean-squared (mean[superscript 2]). This appears to be the first time that offense and disposition have been paired into an independent variable to assess the effectiveness of juvenile delinquency programs and services. Results: These analyses revealed that in 17 of the 27 most frequently occurring offenses, the "catch and release" disposition occurred more often than all other dispositions as the best way to deal with the offense. However, there was no one clearly worst disposition identified for the 27 most frequently occurring offenses. Conclusion: The novel offense-disposition pairing technique used in this study supports the notion that the majority of juvenile offenders require relatively limited intervention to change their delinquent trajectory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana
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