Juvenile Justice: A Study of Student Attitudes

Alida V. Merlo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Peter J. Benekos, Mercyhurst College

ABSTRACT
This paper examines student responses to a survey recently administered on three different campuses in the Northeast. Analysis of student perceptions of the juvenile justice system suggest that studying criminology and criminal justice does not significantly affect their views. In addition, students may be more likely to support punitive rather than treatment policies in responding to juvenile crime. The authors consider what implications these data have for students contemplating careers in criminal justice.

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