Pathways to Desistance: The Steppingstone to Understanding Juveniles’ Perceptions of the Justice System
Procedural justice is an important characteristic to both the public and legal authorities. The “Pathways to Desistance” study by Edward P. Mulvey, is a steppingstone to understanding the perception of juveniles and their outlook on procedural justice and the legal system in the United States. This research proposal will look at the many different perspectives of juveniles and the criminal justice system. The aim of this study is to identify any factors that impact the perceptions of the criminal justice system by juveniles. The current study will use the “Pathways to desistance, 2000-2010 dataset”. This study is a collaborative research project which used a longitudinal study to analyze 1,354 juvenile offenders who were found guilty of a serious offense. The method used to gather the data was the recruitment technique. These offenders had to be between the ages of 14 and 18 years old, at the time of committing their offense. The literature review was broken into three main categories: Studies on Procedural Justice, Studies on Courts, and Studies on Law Enforcement. The Studies on Procedural Justice included works by John Hagan, Anna Abate, Jose Pina-Sanchez and Brunton Smith. Jose Pina-Sanchez, Brunton Smith and Anna Abate all agreed in their articles that there is a correlation between juveniles and their perceptions of procedural justice. While John Hagan disagreed and stated that it was premature to apply procedural justice principles without more definitive casual studies. The Studies on Courts category uses an article written by Jeffrey J. Shook. Shook's findings revealed that there was a connection between the perceptions of the legal system and the youth's attorney. The last category, Studies on Law Enforcement, used an article written by Terrance J. Taylor. Taylors findings indicated that unlike research with adult samples, juveniles typically had an indifferent attitude towards police.
Primary Advisor's Department
Criminal Justice and Security Studies
Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences
Institutional Learning Goals
"Pathways to Desistance: The Steppingstone to Understanding Juveniles’ Perceptions of the Justice System" (2023). Stander Symposium Projects. 3191.