Variations In Juvenile Offending in Louisiana: Demographic, Behavioral, Geographic, and School-Related Predictors
This study examines the relative impacts of demographic, behavioral, and school-related factors on juvenile justice contact of varying magnitudes (felony, misdemeanor, and status offenses) across a large, and non-selective sample of youths. The sample includes Deep South public school students examined from 1996 to 2012 (N =615,515). Data were obtained through state administrative databases. Noteworthy findings are that school expulsion, male gender, prior Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (LOJJ) contact, and grade failure are major predictors, though their relative impact varies based on the severity of offense. Further, being African American loses much of its practical significance in all models once other factors are taken into account. Implications for policy and subsequent research efforts are discussed.
OJJDP Journal of Juvenile Justice
Robison, S. B.,
Blackmon, B. J.,
Rhodes, J. L.
(2016). Variations In Juvenile Offending in Louisiana: Demographic, Behavioral, Geographic, and School-Related Predictors. OJJDP Journal of Juvenile Justice, 5(2), 31-49.
Available at: https://aquila.usm.edu/fac_pubs/17248