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OJJDP Bulletin Examines Deterrence Among High-Risk Adolescents

August 5, 2015

OJJDP has released "Studying Deterrence Among High-Risk Adolescents," the latest bulletin in the Pathways to Desistance series. This bulletin examines the link between perceptions of the threat of sanctions and deterrence from crime among high-risk adolescents. The authors' findings show that severe punishment - such as correctional placement or a longer stay in correctional placement - does not meaningfully reduce juvenile offending or arrests among these youth.

The findings are the result of the OJJDP cosponsored Pathways to Desistance study, which investigates the factors that lead serious juvenile offenders to cease or continue offending.


Bulletins from OJJDP's Pathways to Desistance series are now available in EPUB and MOBI formats.

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