The Effect of Arrest and Justice System Sanctions on Subsequent Behavior: Findings from Longitudinal and Other Studies


The purpose of this chapter is to summarize what is known about the effect of arrest on subsequent behavior, especially delinquent behavior, and what prospective longitudinal studies have added to this knowledge base. In addition, we examine what longitudinal studies have found about the effect of sanctions following arrest. In so doing, what policy relevant actions might be justified on the basis of current knowledge about the effects of arrest and sanctions and the opportunities for longitudinal studies to provide additional information about these effects are considered.


Justice System Crime Rate Juvenile Justice Juvenile Justice System Subsequent Behavior 
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  1. 1.Institute of Behavioral ScienceUniversity of ColoradoBoulder
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyColorado State UniversityFort Collins

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