Factors Affecting Juvenile Court Decisions in Israel: A Multivariate Approach

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This paper investigates the factors influencing the disposition of cases in juvenile courts. The factors considered are the prior record of the offender, the nature of the offense, the recommendation of the probation officer, and the age of the offender. These four factors are essential components of the juvenile justice system and as such are perceived to be crucial for the understanding of the court's decision. A multivariate analysis of the data is undertaken using the method of log‐linear analysis for hierarchical models. In contrast to other studies that have utilized the same method but with fewer variables, the model arrived at in the paper seems to be more accurate and suggests that while the offense and the prior criminal record are quite important factors, their influence on the disposition of cases is greatly bound by the age of the offender and the recommendation of the probation officer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-305
Number of pages15
JournalSociological Inquiry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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