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NCJ Number: 229153 Find in a Library
Title: Keeper and the Kept: Reflections on Local Obstacles to Disparities Reduction in Juvenile Justice Systems and a Path to Change
Author(s): James Bell; Laura John Ridolfi; Clinton Lacey; Michael Finley
Corporate Author: W. Haywood Burns Institute
United States of America
Editor(s): Shadi Rahimi
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: W. Haywood Burns Institute
San Francisco, CA 94105
Sale Source: W. Haywood Burns Institute
180 Howard Street, Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report explores local obstacles to achieving measurable reductions in racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, and an approach to reform.
Abstract: More than a century after the earliest juvenile justice system was established, juvenile justice practitioners and communities of color continue to be confronted with the inequitable and unjust treatment of youth of color and poor youth in trouble with the law. In a previous publication, the first in a series that embarked upon comprehensively addressing all aspects of reducing disparities in the juvenile justice system, the deep historical roots that manifest today in widespread and persistent inequities for youth of color and poor youth in the juvenile justice system were explored. This report continues the examination as introduced in the first of the series with an overview of the lack of accountability in local jurisdictions, followed by an examination of the structural ecology of juvenile justice as impacted by politics, geography, gangs, immigration status, and an over reliance on detention. The report concludes with a discussion of a model for reform, which includes jurisdictional assessment, forming a governing collaborative, establishing consistent meetings, developing a work plan, data collection and decision point analysis, defining success and purpose of detention, objective decisionmaking, examining case processing issues, and creating alternatives to detention. The model of reform will be illustrated in a case study in the third report of the series. Tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice reform
Index Term(s): Discrimination; Ethnic groups; History of juvenile justice; Juvenile justice system; Minorities; Racial discrimination
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