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Chronic Young Offenders

NCJ Number
Systemstats Volume: 6 Issue: 2 Dated: (November 1989) Pages: complete issue
Date Published
6 pages
Data from the North Carolina juvenile and adult justice systems were used to analyze the differences between juvenile offenders who continue their criminal careers as adult offenders and those who do not.
The analysis used data on the 585 juveniles released from residential training schools in 1985 and followed them over a 3-year period. A total of 195 had been arrested as adults. Findings showed that in contrast to other studies, youths who were older when first admitted to training school were more likely to be later arrested as adults. In addition, those with more commitments to training school were more likely to be rearrested as adults, as were property offenders. Violent juvenile offenders were the least likely to be rearrested as adults. The youths who had been in training school for drug offenses, drunk driving and other traffic offenses, or for drunkenness or disorderly conduct were most likely to be rearrested as adults. Those in training school for trespassing or other public order offenses were least likely to be arrested as adults. Table and figures.