Pre-Trial Detention Under the Young Offenders Act: A Study of Urban Courts


TABLE 3.3 - SIGNIFICANT RELATIONSHIPS AMONG SOCIAL, SOCIO-LEGAL AND LEGAL CHARACTERISTICS AND POLICE DETENTION, CONTROLLING FOR ALL FACTORS SIMULTANEOUSLY, BY COURT LOCATION
  Hal-Dart Tor & Scar Wpg Edm Van Surrey Total sample
Non-legal (social) factors              
Being female              
Age *       *    
Race (black or Aboriginal)   **   na      
Socio-legal factors              
Living outside family setting   *** **       ***
Legal factors              
Seriousness or type of current charges *** *   *** *** * ***
Number of current charges *** *** * **     ***
Prior convictions   *** **       ***
Bail history or prior custody sentence     ***        
Currently involved with youth justice system (on probation etc.)       ***   *  
Current bail violation             ***
Warrant at arrest ** *     na na ***
Presence or number of outstanding charges   ***   na     ***
Estimate of variance explained by each model (Nagelkerke r2) .48 .52 .25 .41 .33 .16 .33

Notes:

  • *** p<.001, **p<.01, *p<.05. If the cell is blank, then the factor was not statistically associated with the decision.
  • na = not applicable. The variable was not included in the model because of missing data.

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