ERIC Number: ED438337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Minorities in the Juvenile Justice System. 1999 National Report Series. Juvenile Justice Bulletin.
Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
This report provides data on minorities in the juvenile justice system. Minority juveniles are significantly over-represented in the juvenile justice system. In 1997, minorities made up about one-third of the juvenile population nationwide but accounted for nearly two-thirds of the detained and committed population in secure juvenile facilities. For black juveniles, the disparities were most evident. Section 1 of this report discusses the fact that disproportionate minority confinement often stems from disparity at early stages of case processing. Section 2 looks at self-reported delinquent and deviant behaviors of youth varied by race and ethnicity. Section 3 discusses how juvenile arrests disproportionately involved minorities. Section 4 explains how in 1996, black juveniles were referred to juvenile court at a rate more than double that for whites. Section 5 explains how white juveniles were less likely to be detained than black juveniles and juveniles of other races. Section 6 discusses how minorities accounted for 7 in 10 youth held in custody for violent offenses. Section 7 examines how on the 1997 consensus day, minority offenders had been in residential placement longer than other juveniles. Section 8 explains that nationally, custody rates for black juveniles were substantially higher than rates for other groups. Section 9 discusses how males, 17-year-olds, minorities, and person offenders predominate among youth sent to adult prisons. (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Blacks, Correctional Institutions, Court Litigation, Delinquency, Juvenile Justice, Minority Groups, Racial Differences, Violence
Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000. Tel: 800-638-8736 (Toll Free); e-mail: email@example.com. Web site: http:/www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.