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Exploring State-Level Variation in Juvenile Incarceration Rates

Title: Exploring State-Level Variation in Juvenile Incarceration Rates: Symbolic Threats and Competing Explanations.
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Name(s): Mears, Daniel P., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2006-12-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Despite large-scale increases in juvenile incarceration rates nationally, rela-tively little attention has been given to explaining why some states invest more heavily than others in the long-term confinement of young offenders. This article explores four potential explanations. First, investment in juvenile incarceration may be greater where symbolic threats to social order are higher. Second, it may be greater in states where crime, especially juvenile violent crime, is more prevalent. Third, juvenile incarceration practices may simply reflect those deemed suitable for adult offenders; thus, states with higher adult incarceration rates may incarcerate more juveniles. Finally, cul-tural acceptance of punitive policies, as in the South, may contribute to higher rates of juvenile incarceration. Using state-level data, the article focuses primarily on the first explanation and the extent to which the alter-natives can account for any observed symbolic threat effect. The study’s implications for policy and research are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1548358215_36653cb5 (IID), 10.1177/0032885506294237 (DOI)
Keywords: juvenile, incarceration, symbolic threat
Publication Note: The version of record can be found at https://www.doi.org/10.1177/0032885506294237
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1548358215_36653cb5
Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: The Prison Journal.
Issue: iss. 4, vol. 86

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Mears, D. P. (2006). Exploring State-Level Variation in Juvenile Incarceration Rates: Symbolic Threats and Competing Explanations. The Prison Journal. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1548358215_36653cb5