Improving responses to juvenile burglary offenders

Jeffrey J. Roth, Mari B. Pierce

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to make evidence-based recommendations for improving the responses of criminal justice agencies to juvenile burglary offenders. Design/methodology/approach: The paper first analyzes what is known about factors relevant to young offenders’ initiation into burglary and subsequent persistence in that offense. It then evaluates research regarding juvenile justice interventions that can mitigate those factors in order to prevent youth from becoming involved in burglary or to encourage desistance in juvenile burglars. Findings: Effective early intervention with juvenile burglars is vital, as burglars often begin committing this crime in their early teens and quickly develop expertise in the offense. Evidence supports the importance of positive mentoring, substance abuse programs, some forms of restorative justice and multi-modal interventions with education and employment components, while waiving these youth to adult court appears to offer little benefit over less punitive approaches. Originality/value: This work delivers an original contribution by providing an analysis of existing burglary and juvenile justice research that may be useful to policymakers, law enforcement and other justice practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-106
Number of pages13
JournalSafer Communities
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Oct 14 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety Research
  • Community and Home Care
  • Law


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