Most young people who come into contact with the juvenile justice system do not reoffend, irrespective of whether or not the offence was detected or prosecuted (O'Connor and Cameron, 2002).. However, there is a small minority who "persist" in their offending and they are repeatedly apprehended by police during their juvenile and young adult years. This group of youths is currently the focus of an initiative being developed by the government of South Australia aimed at "breaking the cycle" of re-offending (Social Inclusion Unit, 2004).
|Government of South Australia
|Office of Crime Statistics and Research, Attorney-General’s Department
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|Published - Apr 2005