SAGE Journal Articles

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Mitchell, K. J., Finkelhor, D., and Wolak, J. (February 2010). Conceptualizing Juvenile Prostitution as Child Maltreatment: Findings from the National Juvenile Prostitution Study. Child Maltreatment 15(1). 18-36.

This article examines the incidence and characteristics of juvenile prostitution cases known to law enforcement agencies in the United States. The authors conducted two separate studies and found that law enforcement responses to juvenile prostitution are influential in determining whether such youth are viewed as victims of commercial sexual exploitation or as delinquents.

  1. What are some of the issues regarding law enforcement that were identified by the authors?
  2. Discuss prevention education. Do you think it will work?

Learning Objective(s): List three public decency offenses


Jocoy, C. L. (September 2012). Counting the Homeless: The Culture of Quantification in American Social Policy. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 20(3). 397-403.

This article reflects on the practice of counting the homeless within political jurisdictions (i.e., homeless counts) within the United States to satisfy a cultural practice of quantification within American social policy. The author discusses the problems arising from the cultural preference for quantification as the means of identifying and addressing a social problem with specific examples from US homeless assistance programs and participant observation in Long Beach, California. The author concludes with suggestions for examining how counts are actually used in modifying existing programs to evaluate the effectiveness of these quantification practices.

  1. How are the counts done?
  2. Why are counts done?
  3. What are some of the issues with quantification that are identified by the authors?

Learning Objective(s): List four of the public order offenses