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NCJ Number: 184171 Find in a Library
Title: Devastating Report on Racial Disparities in Juvenile Justice
Journal: Youth Law News  Volume:21  Issue:2/3  Dated:March-June 2000  Pages:27-29
Corporate Author: National Center for Youth Law
United States of America
Editor(s): Marcia Henry
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Center for Youth Law
Oakland, CA 94612
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In April 2000, "Building Blocks for Youth" released a report that documents the significant racial disparities within America's juvenile justice system.
Abstract: The report, entitled "And Justice for Some," looks at critical decision making points within the system and shows that at each stage white youth experience more favorable outcomes than youth of color. The term "disproportionate minority confinement" (DMC) means that youth of color are found at the various stages of the juvenile justice system in percentages greater than their percentage in the general population. "And Justice for Some" examined the DMC issue by focusing on a common set of critical decision points that exist in all States as they process juveniles charged with law violations: arrest, intake, detention, adjudication, and disposition. The study found that, although the disparity is most pronounced at the early stages of processing, it becomes more concentrated as youth move through the system. The report refers to this phenomenon as "cumulative disadvantage." The study also notes that much of the previous work on DMC focused exclusively on the juvenile justice system. With the numbers of juveniles being prosecuted as adults increasing, however, it is important to consider the racial disparities in this arena as well. The numbers at this final stage are even more disproportionate.
Main Term(s): Minority juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Decisionmaking; Juvenile processing; Minority overrepresentation; Racial discrimination
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