Juvenile Criminality: Evidence From Prisoners in Two Brazilian States

DOI10.1177/07340168211038326
AuthorAlexandre Luiz Schlemper,Pery Francisco Assis Shikida,Bárbara Françoise Cardoso Bauermann
Publication Date01 December 2021
Date01 December 2021
SubjectArticles
Article
Juvenile Criminality: Evidence
From Prisoners in Two
Brazilian States
B´
arbara Franc¸oise Cardoso Bauermann
1
,
Pery Francisco Assis Shikida
2
, and Alexandre Luiz Schlemper
3
Abstract
The aim of this article is to identify the socioeconomic context that can influence young peoples’
decision to engage in crime. The sample is composed of youngsters (aged between 18 and 23 years
old) convicted or detained in an interim regime accused of property crimes, serving a sentence in
Brazilian prison units. A survey with 302 respondents was conducted in Paran´
a and Rio Grande
do Sul states. Logistic regression models reveal that a young people’s family composition, use a
firearm, be motivated by the idea of easy gain, have a favorable attitude toward drug legalization, and
consume alcohol—all factors contribute to an increased probability of the young person engage in
crime. This article finalizes with a discussion of the results and policy implications.
Keywords
youth, crimes, logit, prisons, socioeconomic context
The aim of this article is to identify the socioeconomic context that potentially influences young
peoples’ decision to engage in crime. The sample is composed of young people (aged between
18 and 23 years old) convicted or detained in an interim regime accused of property crimes, serving a
sentence in Brazilian prison units. This aim is achieved by using the logit model, whose data were
obtained by conducting a survey with inmates of the prison units in Paran´a and Rio Grande do Sul
states—two states in the southern Brazil. The prison units were the following: Foz do Iguac¸u State
Penitentiary I (PEF) and the Women’s Social Reintegration Center of Foz do Iguac¸u, both in Paran ´a;
and the Central Prison of Porto Alegre, Madre Pelletier Women’s Penitentiary, Arroio dos Ratos
State Penitentiary, and Women’s State Penitentiary of Gua´ıba, all in Rio Grande do Sul.
Note that these two states share borders with Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay. This is an
important aspect from a situational perspective because it facilitates crime since criminals can cross
1
University Center Dinˆ
amica das Cataratas, Foz do Iguac¸u/PR, Brazil
2
Western Paran´
a State University, Toledo/PR, Brazil
3
Federal Institute of Paran´
a, Palmas/PR, Brazil
Corresponding Author:
B´
arbara Franc¸oise Cardoso Bauermann, University Center Unia
˜oDin
ˆ
amica das Cataratas, Rua Castelo Branco, 349, Centro,
Foz do Iguac¸u/PR, CEP 85852010, Brazil.
Email: barbara.bauermann@udc.edu.br
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