n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - A study of contributory factors towards recidivism among incarcerated youth in the Barberton Youth Development Centre, South Africa

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Falling back into crime (recidivism) remains one of the major problems of crime prevention. When youth offenders become recidivists, it is a very challenging phenomenon. This study sought to find some answers to the factors that are contributing to youth recidivism among the incarcerated youth in the Barberton Youth Development Centre. By interviewing incarcerated re-offenders, the researchers found that the typical recidivist in the study group was about 20 years old, had not finished school and was using some substance. The average period between incarcerations was 18,8 months and the standard deviation was 2,5 months. Peer influence and a structurally deficient family background were observed as some of the problems.

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