A Comparative Analysis of Violent and Non-Violent Crime by Children in Urban Jamaica

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Keisha Rodriques


The paper states that the school a child attends can also determine whether that child is more likely to be an offender, although the school cannot be responsible for the child committing an offence. The prevalence of students being offenders varies significantly among secondary schools in the Jamaican education system. However, in light of the reported problems affecting most of the secondary schools, this paper seeks to ascertain whether there is a noticeable difference in the number of children who attend traditional high schools becoming young offenders in comparison to children who attend other types of secondary schools in Jamaica.

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Keisha Rodriques

Probation Officer. Msc in Social Policy, SALISES, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. Her research interests include educational opportunities for child offenders and the recidivism rate of child offenders in Jamaica.