JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's court system has completed a study of juveniles who commit crimes multiple times.
The judiciary plans to use the study to evaluate the effectiveness of existing methods of dealing with juvenile defendants.
The statewide study of juvenile recidivism examines minors referred to Missouri's 45 juvenile officers for crimes in 2007 and 2008.
It found that those most likely to be accused of committing additional crimes already had multiple accusations, were between 13- and 15-years-old when first referred, had substance abuse problems and did poorly in school. Those accused of assault also had higher recidivism rates.