- Subject index
Race, Culture, Psychology, and Law is the only book to provide summaries and analyses of culturally competent psychological and social services encountered within the U.S. legal arena. The book is broad in scope and covers the knowledge and practice crucial in providing comprehensive services to ethnic, racial, and cultural minorities. Topics include the importance of race relations, psychological testing and evaluation, racial “profiling,” disparities in death penalty conviction, immigration and domestic violence, asylum seekers, deportations and civil rights, juvenile justice, cross-cultural lawyering, and cultural competency in the administration of justice.
Chapter 21: Race Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System
Race Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System
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 ...