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Eileen Poe-Yamagata & Madeline Wordes Noya

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Chapter 21: Race Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System

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Race Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System
Race disparities in the juvenile justice system
EileenPoe-YamagataNational Council on Crime and Delinquency
Madeline WordesNoyaNational Council on Crime and Delinquency

The disproportionate representation of youth of color in the U.S. juvenile justice system is undisputed (Bishop & Frazier, 1990; Kempf, Decker, & Bing, 1990; Krisberg et al., 1987; Pope & Feyerherm, 1992). In fact, overrepresentation of minority youth is evident at every stage of system involvement. Reasons given for disparities in the juvenile justice system often suggest that minority youth simply commit more serious and frequent offenses. Indeed, for every 100,000 arrests of youth under age 18 in 2000, 4,654 black youth were arrested compared with 2,650 white youth. However, the degree to which minority youth are overrepresented in the juvenile ...

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