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08_JDPolice - Juvenile Offenders and the Police Mays and...

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Juvenile Offenders and the Police Mays and Winfree (Ch. 3) D.A.R.E. (NIJ/RTI, 1994) Juvenile Offenders & Police Processes *Historical Role of the Police * Watchmen/Problem Solver (until 50 s) * Shifts to Law Enforcer *Female officers hired for JDs *Styles of Policing *Rule Appliers *Problem Solvers *Ambivalent Enforcers Juvenile Offenders & Police Processes *Discrimination vs. Discretion *Police Discretion & Juveniles *More widespread in less serious cases *15% of all suspected crime interactions lead to arrest *If felony suspected, 75-100% chance juvenile will be arrested *Police have wide range of discretion and make many low visibility decisions Juvenile Offenders & Police Processes *Who are police more likely to arrest? *Older Kids (related to seriousness of crime?) *Males & African Americans *NBHD Context, too, not just Indiv. Race *Gender & Race have more influence in minor crimes than major ones * Less clear how best to respond * More room for discretion *Serious crimes, everyone gets arrested
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