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NCJ Number: 176291 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of Franklin County (Ohio) Juvenile Court Efforts to Reduce Minority Overrepresentation
Corporate Author: Acad Inc (The)
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 251
Sponsoring Agency: Acad Inc (The)
Columbus, OH 43215
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 95-JS-CX-0009; 96-JS-FX-0002
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report evaluates the effectiveness of efforts by the Franklin County (Ohio) Juvenile Court to reduce delinquency filings and confinements against minority youth.
Abstract: The study analyzed a randomly selected sample of 2,000 delinquency cases, stratified by race and gender, and interviewed selected Court staff. It identified key decision points for comparison: intake, arraignment, adjudication, disposition and recidivism. The study concluded that the practices found in Franklin County Juvenile Court were, in the main, reasonable and fair, despite the use of dissimilar dispositions in cases involving the same offenses. Case decisions appeared to be based on realistic consideration of dissimilar criminal and social histories, family-support and/or community-support networks, and other aggravating and mitigating characteristics. The study recommends that the relationship of socioeconomic factors to criminality should be completely reexamined. That type of research would likely confirm that race, in and of itself, should not be treated as the only, or even the most important, determinant of system fairness. Notes, tables, figure, appendixes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Courts; Juvenile courts; Minority overrepresentation; Ohio; Racial discrimination; Recidivism; Sentencing/Sanctions; Socioeconomic causes of delinquency; State courts
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