ERIC Number: ED441943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Race, Ethnicity, and Serious and Violent Juvenile Offending. Juvenile Justice Bulletin.
Hawkins, Darnell F.; Laub, John H.; Lauritsen, Janet L.; Cothern, Lynn
This Bulletin describes the racial distribution of serious and violent offending among juveniles in the United States. It provides a picture of the short-term national trends for offending patterns by race and ethnicity and summarizes research findings on racial and ethnic differences in chronic juvenile offending. Various explanations are given for the racial and ethnic differences observed. The Bulletin includes recommendations for improving public understanding of these differences and implications for guiding prevention and intervention efforts. Data are from state records generated by criminal and juvenile justice authorities and self-report data from delinquency and victimization surveys. The magnitude of the differences under which different groups live suggests that the individual-level correlation between race and serious and violent juvenile offending is a function of ecological conditions. This supports the idea that the association of race and juvenile violence is primarily a function of community context. (Contains 57 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Delinquency, Ethnicity, Juvenile Justice, Racial Differences, Urban Youth, Violence, Young Adults, Youth Problems
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.