Three Reports on Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
Date:  06-04-2014

Criminal patterns, explanations for offending, and prediction and risk/needs assessment discussed
From the National Institute of Justice, May 27, 2014:

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) are pleased to announce the availability of three new bulletins in their new, co-produced Justice Research series. The series reports on findings from joint NIJ and OJJDP research on youth in the juvenile justice system. These three bulletins are:

  • “Criminal Career Patterns” discusses the criminal careers of offenders, specifically the links between offending patterns in adolescence and in adulthood; and how studying criminal careers has the potential to provide useful information to practitioners and policymakers.

  • “Explanations for Offending” presents an overview of five theoretical perspectives proposed to explain offending patterns over the life course, with attention to the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

  • ”Prediction and Risk/Needs Assessment” examines our ability to predict whether a young adult will commit crimes based on information available from his or her juvenile years and reviews assessment tools used to make these predictions.