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Title: Balancing the Scales: A Look at the Overrepresentation of Minority Youth in the Texas Juvenile Justice System
Corporate Author: Texas Office of the Governor
Criminal Justice Division
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 76
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report analyzes the overrepresentation of minority youths in the Texas juvenile justice system and recommends measures to address the problem through prevention and the provision of alternatives to institutionalization.
Abstract: Fifty-nine percent of all youths arrested, 73 percent of all youths detained, and 74 percent of all youths committed to the Texas Youth Commission in 1989 were members of minority groups. Hispanic youths are only slightly overrepresented, while overrepresentation of black youths is much greater. Incarcerated youths share several characteristics, including poverty, family violence and abuse, dropping out of school, drug abuse, and an inability to find or keep a job. Factors associated with the overrepresentation of minorities included the number of prior referrals, family living arrangements, and school status. The probation statistics also indicate a strong link between school attendance and crime involvement. The remedies suggested by these indicators include prevention efforts that begin with prenatal care and training to expectant mothers and include strong emphasis on early childhood education, efforts to make the juvenile justice system as unbiased as possible, increase funds for alternative placements in corrections, and personnel training regarding cultural differences. Appended figures, tables, definitions, and 11 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile statistics
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile justice reform; Minority juvenile offenders; Texas
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