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NCJ Number: 148465 Find in a Library
Title: Adding Color to a Black and White Picture: Using Qualitative Data to Explain Racial Disproportionality in the Juvenile Justice System
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:31  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1994)  Pages:135-148
Author(s): D J Conley
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 14
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article highlights observational and interview data concerning police encounters with minority youths in a western State and demonstrates how qualitative data can be used to increase the understanding of the disproportionate representation of minorities in the juvenile justice system.
Abstract: The study reported here combined quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine factors contributing to racial and ethnic disproportionality. The data showed that black youth were severely overrepresented at every stage of the criminal justice process. The article describes qualitative data concerning police-juvenile encounters and suggests ways in which the data can be used to understand the social processes that contribute to disproportionality. The authors note that the arrest stage is the level at which the selection bias that shapes statistical outcomes occurs. Qualitative data should be used to examine issues that cannot be answered statistically, such as the influence of the media on racial disproportionality. 6 notes and 42 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Criminology; Minority juvenile offenders; Police-minority relations; Race relations; Racial discrimination
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