Paper and reality

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Paper and reality

Developing research hypotheses for determining the degree to which developments in registered juvenile delinquency can be attributed to registration effects (full text only available in Dutch)

Summary

The number of registered crimes committed by minors (aged 12-18) and young adults, aged 18 to 24 (‘juvenile delinquency’), shows an upward trend from the 1980s until 2007. Since then, the registered youth crime has decreased considerably. Besides the influence of socio-demographic and economic changes, law enforcement and policy efforts can affect the registered crime rate as well. Insight into the causes of the decline in juvenile delinquency is essential in order to evaluate which organizational measures must be taken and which policy must be pursued in the short and (medium) long term. In the research the next four questions are focused on:

  1. How does registration with police and the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) take place?
  2. Which factors are mentioned in the scientific and grey literature that (could) affect the registration of youth crime?
  3. In which direction, how and to what extent do these factors (potentially) affect the registration of youth crime? How is this ascertained or substantiated in the literature?
  4. What is the scope (qua time) of these factors?

Publication data

Author(s):
Ham, T. van, Bervoets, E., Ferwerda, H.
Organization(s):
Bureau Beke , Bureau Bervoets, WODC
Place of publication:
Arnhem
Publisher:
Bureau Beke
Year of publication:
2015
ISBN:
978-94-92255-04-4

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