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ERIC Number: EJ869907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Is Racial and Ethnic Equity Possible in Juvenile Justice?
Bilchik, Shay
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v17 n2 p19-23 Sum 2008
Promising approaches in both policy and practice have emerged that should serve as beacons to guide professionals as they renew their determination to ensure fairness for all races and ethnicities in child serving systems. Indeed, when those systems are equitably treating children of color, then all children will benefit. The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University recently hosted a symposium on "The Overrepresentation of Children of Color in America's Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems." The symposium was designed to expand the dialog both within juvenile justice and across the two systems to reduce racial and ethnic inequities. CJJR is advancing a balanced, multi-systems approach to fighting juvenile crime that holds youth accountable and promotes positive child and youth development. Housed in one of the most prestigious universities in the country at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, the Center is in a unique position to provide strong and sustained national leadership in identifying and highlighting the research on policies and practices that work best to reduce delinquency. To achieve this mission, CJJR is addressing the most intractable issues facing the systems and the youth and families the systems are designed to serve. Chief among these challenging issues remain the racial and ethnic disparities and inequities that are disproportionately present in both juvenile justice and child welfare. Federal focus on disproportionality began in 1978 with the Indian Child Welfare Act and continued in 1988 when the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act was amended to require states to address disproportionate minority contact (DMC). Despite these attempts, the problems of racial inequities have remained significant problems in both systems. (Contains 8 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Indian Child Welfare Act 1978