Title page for ETD etd-04262012-175018

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Whitney, Sabrina Michelle
Author's Email Address brinawhit2006@yahoo.com
URN etd-04262012-175018
Title Juvenile Justice in Louisiana: An Exploratory Study of Trends Surrounding Juvenile Incarceration
Degree Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Department Social Work
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Barthelemy, Juan J. Committee Chair
Cain, Daphne S. Committee Member
Guin, Cecile C. Committee Member
  • juvenile delinquency
  • incarceration
  • recidivism
Date of Defense 2012-03-30
Availability unrestricted
In the State of Louisiana, one of the major problems surrounding youth is juvenile delinquency. Several studies have been conducted regarding juvenile delinquency, however, actual research pertaining to recidivism among youth offenders who were later incarcerated as an adult vs. those who were not incarcerated as an adult are limited. For this study, chi-square analyses were conducted to analyze the association between six variables and recidivism. The age of first OJJ contact was the only variable that was not statistically significant. Such knowledge is crucial for research and policy formation at the local, state, and national levels for positive progression on this issue. Based on the chi-square analyses results, the researcher learned that majority of the independent variables (gender, race, supervision level, number of OJJ contacts, and gang affiliation) had a statistically significant relationship with recidivism.
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