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The Priority Prosecution of the Serious Habitual Juvenile Offender: Roadblocks to Early Warning, Early Intervention, and Maximum Effectiveness -- The Philadelphia Study, Final Report
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The research used police, court, and school records. The analysis revealed that only 500 of the nearly 11,000 petitions processed by the court involved youths who were designated serious habitual offenders. The way to qualify for prosecution by the HOU was to have two or more prior or pending adjudications for specified felonies and a current arrest for a specified felony. The specialized prosecution is designed to improve just deserts and crime control. However, the selection criteria are nonspecific and result in the prosecution of both high and low-rate serious offenders by the HOU. Therefore, scarce and shrinking resources are spread out over the high as well as the low- offending groups. HOU selection criteria might be improved by considering the addition of other criteria, the use of additional official records, and the testing of additional criteria through a field experiment. Tables and footnotes source
NCJ 163380
University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work [producer], National Institute of Justice [distributor]
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Washington, DC

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