This volume examines special issues associated with providing services and guidance to African American men. Although this group of men is like any other in its struggle with its social and economic problems, African American men experience a higher rate of murder, imprisonment, unemployment and racism. The contributors to this book provide a broad, interdisciplinary view of the possible solutions to the different problems facing African American men.
Chapter 19: Preventing Delinquency among African American Males
Preventing Delinquency among African American Males
Official data consistently find that blacks are more delinquent than whites. Black youths are overrepresented in the arrest statistics. Whereas black youths made up 15% of the general population in 1995, they constituted 28% of all juvenile arrests. Also in 1995, 49% of all juveniles arrested for violent crimes, and 27% of those arrested for property crimes were black (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1996). Official data indicate that black youths are overrepresented in homicide, illegal drugs, and gang activities.
In 1994, 59% of all juveniles arrested for murder and nonnegligent manslaughter were black, compared to 39% who were white and 2% other ethnic groups (U.S. Department of Justice, 1995a). The homicide offense rate for black ...