Title

Are Juvenile Sex Offenders A Danger to Society: Examining the Public Perception Surrounding the Recidivism Rates of Juveniles

Presenter Information

Dana RobisonFollow

Faculty Mentor(s)

Stuart Batchelder

Campus

Dahlonega

Proposal Type

Oral Presentation

Subject Area

Criminal Justice

Location

MPR 2

Start Date

22-3-2019 1:00 PM

End Date

22-3-2019 2:00 PM

Description/Abstract

A body of research exists assessing public opinion on punishing juvenile sex-offenders. Some researchers find a strong public consensus for increasing the severity of punishment for these juvenile offenders, and findings show that juvenile sex offenders are frequently punished more harshly than non-sex offenders. However, this policy is challenged by a growing body of research providing evidence that juvenile sex offenders actually have lower rates of recidivism than non-sex offenders, which logically would merit lessening those sanctions. This paper will examine the literature on recidivism rates among juveniles who commit three types of offenses, in an effort to compare recidivism among offending groups, with the purpose of exploring the validity and utility of justifications for harsh sanctions. The offense-categories studied include 1) general offenses, 2) drug related offenses, and 3) sex offenses. Additionally, risk-factors associated with juvenile offending will be pursued to further explain the wisdom of harsh sanctions for various crimes.

Media Format

flash_audio

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
Mar 22nd, 1:00 PM Mar 22nd, 2:00 PM

Are Juvenile Sex Offenders A Danger to Society: Examining the Public Perception Surrounding the Recidivism Rates of Juveniles

MPR 2

A body of research exists assessing public opinion on punishing juvenile sex-offenders. Some researchers find a strong public consensus for increasing the severity of punishment for these juvenile offenders, and findings show that juvenile sex offenders are frequently punished more harshly than non-sex offenders. However, this policy is challenged by a growing body of research providing evidence that juvenile sex offenders actually have lower rates of recidivism than non-sex offenders, which logically would merit lessening those sanctions. This paper will examine the literature on recidivism rates among juveniles who commit three types of offenses, in an effort to compare recidivism among offending groups, with the purpose of exploring the validity and utility of justifications for harsh sanctions. The offense-categories studied include 1) general offenses, 2) drug related offenses, and 3) sex offenses. Additionally, risk-factors associated with juvenile offending will be pursued to further explain the wisdom of harsh sanctions for various crimes.