PROJECT ON THE PREDICTIVE SENTENCING OF 16-18 YEAR-OLD MALE HABITUAL TRAFFIC OFFENDERS

Both experience and studies of habitual teenage traffic offenders appearing in the Norman, Oklahoma Municipal Criminal Court during the past ten years discloses that 16-18 year old male traffic offenders committing at least three traffic offenses within a period of twelve months constitute a high risk group to the community. Moreover, there is a significantly high correlation between the groups prior traffic record and their commission of subsequent non-traffic offenses over the same period of time. Characteristics of the offenders in this population differs significantly from others in relation to their personality, family, school, social and police and court contact backgrounds. This requires a prediction in the sentencing process that certain types of offenders will respond to certain types of treatment better than to others. Change in behavior would have to come through a treatment modality related to the offender's psychological motivations, cognitive knowledge, or values. Five treatment groups were established: individual psychological counseling; counseling on the consequences of bad driving habits; group psychological counseling; drivers education; fine. Relative effectiveness to data has been tested by using recidivism within one year following. Final results disclose the first two groups are best in reducing recidivism. (MW)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by National Institute of Mental Health, by Oklahoma Highway Safety Program; by Myer (Walter E.) Research Institute of Law; and by Norman, Oklahoma Municipal Criminal Court.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Oklahoma, Norman

    Office of Research Administration
    Norman, OK  United States  73019
  • Authors:
    • Whinery, L H
    • Hilbert, R E
    • Nicewander, W A
    • Nagy, T J
  • Publication Date: 1973-12-31

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 239 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00132178
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Intrm Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: 1 R01 MH17946-01, 2 R01 MH17946-04, 73-26-09.00(1)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1977 12:00AM