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Within the context of current social-psychological thinking concerning variations in the societal reaction to deviant behavior, this article is an attempt to specify the criteria utilized by control agencies in the sanctioning of juvenile offenders. A series of hypotheses are tested at each of three stages at which sanctions are accorded: the police, the probation department, and the juvenile court. Generally, legalistic types of variables were found to be most significant while such variablesdoi:10.2307/1140834 fatcat:igimjeuufjcibivwyqjqprz2yu