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NCJ Number: 148466 Find in a Library
Title: Locking up Youth: The Impact of Race on Detention Decisions
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:31  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1994)  Pages:149-165
Author(s): M Wordes; Bynum T S; C J Corley
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 17
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To study the impact of race on juvenile justice decisions, this study used multiple decision points, several jurisdictions, and variables that measure actual offense behavior as well as the social situation of the offender. Data were collected on 691 juvenile felony cases from five counties across one State.
Abstract: The analysis showed that black and Latino youths were consistently more likely than white youthful offenders to be placed in secure detention by both the police and the courts. The seriousness of these felony cases was measured by offense behavior, including victim injury and weapon possession. When additional offense characteristics -- have a co-offender, multiple charges, and drug offenses -- were factored into the analysis, race remained principally important in the detention decision. This study suggested that some social factors, i.e., low socioeconomic status and family problems, could be important in the detention decision, but are not as significant as race. 5 notes and 16 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Criminology; Juvenile detention rates; Minority juvenile offenders; Racial discrimination
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