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Prevalence and Development of Child Delinquency
(NCJ 193411) March 2003
OJJDP Child Delinquency Series, Bulletin, 8 page(s)
Snyder, H. N., Espiritu, R. C., Huizinga, D., Loeber, R., Petechuk, D.,
 
Provides information on very young offenders (those between the ages of 7 and 12) who become involved with the juvenile justice system. This Bulletin is part of OJJDP's Child Delinquency Series, which presents the findings of the Study Group on Very Young Offenders. According to the latest statistics, children younger than 13 are involved in almost 1 in 10 juvenile arrests. These youth account for more than one-third of juvenile arrests for arson and nearly one-fifth of juvenile arrests for sex offenses and vandalism. Compared with juveniles who become involved in delinquency in adolescence, very young delinquents are at greater risk of becoming serious, violent, and chronic offenders. They are also more likely than older delinquents to continue their delinquency for extended periods of time.
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