Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice in California

A Report to the Legislature

by Peter W. Greenwood, Albert J. Lipson, Allan Abrahamse, Franklin Zimring

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This report analyses the major juvenile justice issues the California legislature should be concerned with, and proposes several policy initiatives that the legislature might take in addressing those issues. Part I of the report describes the characteristics and patterns of youthful crime and how youthful offenders are treated in California today. Part II provides a historical context for later discussion of potential reforms by describing the development of the juvenile system, its contemporary critics, and some important milestones in the search for effective intervention strategies. Part III shows how specific reform agendas in treatment and sentencing can be pursued in the specific context of California juvenile justice.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

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