Police Discretion with Young Offenders (Carrington and Schulenberg 2003)

Description of Figure III.5

Figure III.5 Reasons to detain for a JIR hearing, by poverty problem area

Figure III.5 shows in percentages the frequency of reasons given by sampled police services to detain young offenders, by region.

  • Repeat offender - Poverty problem area 73%; None 38%
  • Before the courts - Poverty problem area 50%; None 19%
  • Multiple breaches - Poverty problem area 59%; None 29%
  • Intoxication - Poverty problem area 50%; None 16%
  • Bail conditions - Poverty problem area 45%; None 23%
  • Best interests - Poverty problem area 27%; None 18%
  • Follow the law - Poverty problem area 95%; None 78%
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