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Thursday, May 29, 2014

NIJ and OJJDP Release Three Bulletins in Justice Research Series

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) have released three new bulletins in their new, coproduced Justice Research series. The series reports on findings from joint NIJ and OJJDP research on youth in the juvenile justice system. The three new bulletins are:
  • “Criminal Career Patterns” discusses the criminal careers of offenders, specifically the links between offending patterns in adolescence and in adulthood, and how studying criminal careers has the potential to provide useful information to practitioners and policymakers.
  • “Explanations for Offending” presents an overview of five theoretical perspectives proposed to explain offending patterns over the life course, with attention to the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
“Prediction and Risk/Needs Assessment” examines our ability to predict whether a young adult will commit crimes based on information available from his or her juvenile years and reviews assessment tools used to make these predictions.

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