An Examination of the Theoretical Paradigms Supporting Juvenile Youth Accountability Boards

Tamara D. Sorensen, California State Univ. - San Bernardino

Youth Accountability Boards concentrate their efforts on non-serious, first-time, juvenile offenders with the expectation that early intervention will result in long-term deterrence from criminal activity. This paper will provide an exploration of the theoretical foundation that has inspired the conception of Youth Accountability Boards. An examination will be conducted to determine the philosophy behind the program. Assumptions of the Board administrators concerning the causes of juvenile crime and their position regarding proper intervention strategies will be reported.

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