By Paul E. Tracy
It takes braveness to do study on crime and delinquency. Such learn is usually carried out in an environment of shock concerning the challenge it addresses and is sometimes justified as an try and detect new proof or to judge leading edge courses or rules. while, as needs to frequently be the case, no new proof are approaching or leading edge courses prove to not paintings, hopes are dashed and time and cash are felt to were wasted. simply because they take extra time, longitudinal experiences require even higher quantities of braveness. If the opportunity of discovery is greater, so is the danger of wasted attempt. long term longitudinal reviews are regarded as particularly dicy for different purposes to boot. Theories, concerns, and sta tistical equipment fashionable on the time they have been deliberate will not be fashionable once they are ultimately achieved. maybe worse, in response to a few views, the constitution of causal components may perhaps shift in the course of the execu tion of a longitudinal undertaking such that during the top its findings observe to a truth that now not exists. those fears and expectancies suppose an ever-changing international and a corresponding perception of study as a roughly disciplined look for information. Such principles belittle the contributions of previous learn and depart us liable to theories, courses, rules, and examine agendas which could have basically tenuous connections to investigate of any kind.
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The dissemination of research findings can also help to alleviate a growing public panic, however misplaced, that we are in the midst of a crime wave that defies solution. Research can help to clarify the goals of intervention, such as crime prevention, deterrence, punishment, and public safety, by demonstrating the appropriateness and potential effecU 28 Chapter 2 tiveness of such measures depending on type of offender, life stage, rank order of the offense, and so on. Clearly, information about career development can improve the effectiveness of both juvenile justice and criminal justice responses, but the juvenile justice venue appears to be of greatest relevance.
The growing prominence of attorneys and the formal juvenile court processing of more cases means heavier caseloads, more protracted proceedings, and greater use of restrictive placements. Rather than continue to expand the net and dilute the entire system, it may be that only a minority of the more serious cases warrant the additional efforts. Youthful offender statutes, which dictate more restrictive facilities and intensive treatment for serious older adolescents and young adults with juvenile records, typify this modification.
A range of alternatives should be available and juvenile justice should expend more resources on those youths most in need, or upon those at greatest risk of additional problems. Knowledge about features of juvenile careers could help to draw appropriate boundaries for juvenile court jurisdiction. Effective intervention for some youths involved in certain career paths may require extending the age of juvenile court jurisdiction for purposes of treatment and supervision. Other career patterns could help clarify when youths cannot be helped by juvenile court and should be held more accountable for their behavior through certification to criminal court.