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NCJ Number: NCJ 241272     Find in a Library
Title: Cumulative Effect of Race and Ethnicity in Juvenile Court Outcomes and Why Preadjudication Detention Matters
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Author(s): Nancy Rodriguez
  Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:47  Issue:3  Dated:2010  Pages:391 to 413
Date Published: 2010
Page Count: 23
  Annotation: This study examined the cumulative effects of race and ethnicity in juvenile court outcomes.
Abstract: Despite Federal and State legislation aimed at producing equitable treatment of youth in the juvenile court system, studies continue to find that race and ethnicity play a significant role in juvenile court outcomes. To date, few studies have examined the cumulative effects of race and ethnicity in juvenile court outcomes. In this study, a random sample of youth processed in Arizona during 2000 (N = 23,156) was used to examine how race and ethnicity influence diversion, petition, detention, adjudication, and disposition decisions. Analyses show that Black, Latino, and American Indian youth were treated more severely in juvenile court outcomes than their white counterparts. Also, youth who were detained preadjudication were more likely to have a petition filed, less likely to have petitions dismissed, and more likely to be removed from the home at disposition. Implications for policy and practice are discussed. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Juvenile courts
Index Term(s): Minority overrepresentation ; Race-punishment relationship ; NIJ grant-related documents ; Ethnicity ; Race
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2006-IJ-CX-0016
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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