Serious and violent young offenders' decisions to recidivate: An assessment of five sentencing models


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Five models of sentencing were assessed with respect to their impact on the decisions of young offenders 10 recidivate. The five sentencing models tested were fairness, deterrence, chronic offender lifestyle, special needs, and procedural rights. A sample of 400 incarcerated young offenders from the Vancouver, British Columbia, metropolitan area were asked questions regarding their attitudes toward these sentencing models and their intentions to recidivate after serving a period of incarceration. Principal components analyses suggested that although these models do not function independently, two composite models do shed some light on the issues that young offenders consider when contemplating their decisions and intentions to recidivate. Despite the ability of these models to predict half of the explained variance in young offenders 'decisions regarding recidivism, a majority of the sample appeared to not be affected exclusively by cost-benefit analysis, punishment, or reintegrative motivations. The authors conclude that without additional variables and even higher predictive validity, it is premature for policy makers to focus on any single model of sentencing in constructing juvenile justice laws.

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Cited Authors

  • Corrado, RR; Cohen, IM; Glackman, W; Odgers, C

Published Date

  • April 1, 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 179 - 200

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0011-1287

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0011128702251043

Citation Source

  • Scopus