Juvenile Sex Offenders: Assessment

According to the most recent estimates by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, there were a total of 1.32 million juvenile arrests in 2012. Of these juveniles, 12,400 were arrested for sex offenses. The largest proportion of perpetrators of juvenile sex offenses reported each year are male (90%) and White (72%) adolescents. Although sex offenders represent a small proportion of offender populations, protecting individuals from sex crimes and providing early interventions for sex offenders have been an ongoing concern among the general public and policy makers.

A growing area of interests within the field of corrections is risk assessment. The goal of risk assessment is to provide correctional practitioners (e.g., probation officers, juvenile court officers) and judges with information concerning an offender’s potential risk ...

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