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NCJ Number: 196499 Find in a Library
Title: Donde Esta La Justicia? A Call to Action on Behalf of Latino and Latina Youth in the U.S. Justice System, Executive Summary
Author(s): Francisco A. Villarruel; Nancy E. Walker; Pamela Minifee; Omara Rivera-Vazquez; Susan Peterson; Kristen Perry
Date Published: July 2002
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Institute for Children, Youth, and Families
East Lansing, MI 48824
Sale Source: Institute for Children, Youth, and Families
Michigan State University
Suite 27, Kellogg Center
East Lansing, MI 48824
United States of America
Document: PDF (Full Report)
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document reports on a multi-year initiative to reduce overrepresentation and disparate treatment that youth of color in the justice system.
Abstract: One component of the initiative is research on the disparate impact of the justice system on youth of color, the privatization of juvenile justice facilities by for-profit corporations, and the media’s portrayal of crime, youth, and race. Another component is site-based work to achieve reductions in overrepresentation and disparate treatment of youth of color, focusing on decision-making at critical points in the justice system, over-incarceration, prosecution of youth in adult criminal court, zero tolerance policies, Native American youth, and police accountability. Direct advocacy on behalf of youth of color in the justice system is another component of the initiative. This includes issues that disproportionately affect youth of color, such as conditions of confinement in jails, prisons, juvenile facilities, and access to counsel and adequacy of representation in juvenile court. Another component is constituency-building among African-Americans, Latino, Native American, Asian, and other minority organizations, youth organizations, State-based advocacy groups, and organizations in the civil rights, medical, mental health, legal, law enforcement, child welfare, human rights, religious, victim’s rights, and domestic violence areas, at the national, State, and local levels. The final component of the initiative is to develop communication strategies to provide timely, accurate, and relevant information to these constituencies, public officials, policymakers, the media, and the public. The partners in the initiative include the Youth Law Center, American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center/National Juvenile Defender Center, Juvenile Law Center, Justice Policy Institute, Minorities in Law Enforcement, and Pretrial Services Resource Center.
Main Term(s): Minority juvenile offenders; Youth advocacy organizations
Index Term(s): Adolescent victims; Black/White Crime Comparisons; Juvenile courts; Minority overrepresentation; Public interest advocacy; Rights of minors; Youth advocates
Note: See NCJ-196500 for the full report; downloaded August 26, 2002.
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