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Smells Like Teen Spirit: Evaluating a Midwestern Teen Court
Crime and Delinquency
  • Michael R. Norris, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Sarah E. Twill, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Chigon Kim, Wright State University - Main Campus
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
3-1-2011
Abstract
Teen courts have grown rapidly in the United States despite little evidence of their effectiveness. A survival analysis of 635 teen court and 186 regular diversion participants showed no significant differences in recidivism, although program completers were half as likely to reoffend as noncompleters. Older offenders survived significantly better than younger ones, and girls better than boys. For the full sample, increasing the number of sanctions resulted in earlier reoffending. This effect disappeared when noncompleters were removed from the analysis, suggesting that increasing sanctions may lead certain teens to drop out and/or reoffend. Implications for policy include screening younger juveniles out of teen courts and reconsidering their panacea status.
DOI
10.1177/0011128709354037
Citation Information
Michael R. Norris, Sarah E. Twill and Chigon Kim. "Smells Like Teen Spirit: Evaluating a Midwestern Teen Court" Crime and Delinquency Vol. 57 Iss. 2 (2011) p. 199 - 221 ISSN: 0011-1287
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sarah_twill/7/