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NCJ Number: 135792 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Disproportionate Minority Confinement, Technical Assistance Manual
Corporate Author: Community Research Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 120
Sponsoring Agency: Community Research Associates, Inc
Denver, CO 80206
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: OJP-88-C-006
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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United States of America

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Document: PDF
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual represents a key component of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's technical effort to assess the overrepresentation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system.
Abstract: The manual is specifically intended to assist State juvenile justice specialists in understanding the issues associated with the disproportionate confinement of minority youth and to provide a step-by-step process for their consideration. It is pointed out that causes and reasons leading to minority overrepresentation differ considerably across jurisdictions. In addition, data sources available to assess the problem vary by location, depending on the type and sophistication of juvenile justice information systems. In the same manner, available resources to combat the problem vary across jurisdictions. The overrepresentation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system is viewed in relation to environmental factors (social context, economic conditions, and policies enacted to define behaviors of greatest concern and the appropriate nature and level of response to those behaviors). Manual sections address the area of basic problem identification, procedures for determining the existence of disproportionate minority confinement, the need for comprehensive assessment of reasons for the problem, and issues often encountered during the implementation of changes in legislation and policies. A section on program action plans presents a generic planning process for consideration by States in organizing their efforts to reduce disproportionate minority confinement. This section illustrates a 7-step planning process which emphasizes the use of clear, accurate data by a representative planning group as the foundation for developing an action plan. Appendixes contain additional information on the overrepresentation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system, sample program action plan forms, and a bibliography.
Main Term(s): Minority juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Juvenile justice system
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