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CJB109

Author Don Weatherburn, Rachel Cush and Paula Saunders
Published August 2007
Report Type Crime and Justice Bulletin No. 109
Subject Diversion; Recidivism / Re-offending
Keywords juvenile offfenders, re-offending, early intervention

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Summary

Aim

This bulletin examines the scope for ‘triaging’ young offenders coming into contact with the criminal justice system, to identify those who ought to be referred for more careful assessment.

Abstract

Several psychometric instruments have been developed to help identify juvenile offenders at risk of re-offending and determine the sorts of services or programs that might be useful in reducing that risk. The volume of juvenile offenders coming to the attention of police and courts, however, is usually too large to screen using detailed questionnaires. This crime and justice bulletin examines the scope for ‘triaging’ young offenders coming into contact with the criminal justice system, to identify those who ought to be referred for more careful assessment. Our results suggest that, while a large number of routinely collected data items are potential predictors of re-offending, reliable predictions can be made using information about school attendance/performance and past contact with the criminal justice system.

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