The Impact of Juvenile Interactions with the Justice System on Education Outcomes
This paper analyzes the impact of juvenile arrest, charge, conviction, and incarceration on an individual's propensity to graduate high school before the age of 20. The analysis is conducted using data from the NLSY97. I control for a large set of observable characteristics, including demographic characteristics, substance use, criminal activity, suspensions, sexual activity, and measures of ability. In addition, I estimate household fixed effect models to control for unobservable characteristics that are constant across household members. Even with this large set of controls, I find that being arrested just once when younger than 18 decreases an individual's propensity to graduate by age 20 by at least 10%. I also find that over and above the effects of arrest, charge, and conviction, an individual who is incarcerated at least once when younger than 18 is more than 9% less likely to graduate by age 20
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