Recognizing Differences Between Delinquent Teens and Career Criminals


A new bulletin from the federal National Institute of Justice and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention takes a look at criminal careers as offenders transition from adolescence to adulthood.

“Most studies indicate that prevalence peaks in the teenage years (around ages 15-19) and then declines in the early 20s,” researchers wrote.

Studies cited in the bulletin have found that most juveniles who engage in “delinquent behavior” do not grow up to become career criminals.

Researchers write that these findings should influence policy and practices regarding the incarceration of young offenders, “some of whom will curtail their offending naturally and some of whom will persist into adulthood.”

Read the bulletin HERE.

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