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Attitudes of US Voters Toward Youth Crime and the Justice System

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Barry Krisberg, Ph.D.; Susan Marchionna
Date Published
February 2007
8 pages
This paper presents the results from a national public opinion poll conducted on public attitudes toward the Nation's response to youth crime.
The results of the survey showed that striking majorities favor rehabilitative services for young people and, despite a lack of confidence in the juvenile system, are largely opposed to prosecuting youth in the adult court and incarcerating youth in adult facilities. Survey responses showed that most of the American voting public believes that giving young people the help they need is key to enhanced public safety. In January 2007, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) commissioned Zogby International to conduct a national public opinion poll about American attitudes toward the Nation's response to youth crime. The public opinion poll was taken of voters and conducted by telephone, with a sample size of 1,043 interviews. Figures