ERIC Number: EJ902012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 32
Minority Confinement in the Juvenile Justice System: Legal, Social, and Racial Factors
Drakeford, William; Staples, Jeanine M.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v39 n1 p52-58 Sep-Oct 2006
This article provides a brief review of the literature on the legal, social, and racial factors that affect and describe minority confinement in the juvenile justice system. To identify appropriate literature, the authors searched electronic resources through the University of Maryland library research system called Research Port. The findings in the current literature reported in this review do not negate the theories that propose that high rates of crime among African American youth are the result of historical, systemic, socioeconomic, educational, familial, and cultural factors prevalent in the African American community. The findings indicate that disproportionate minority confinement occurs even when social and legal factors are held constant. This review provides particular emphasis on implications for minority youth who are not provided access to necessary services and strategies that support meaningful rehabilitation. It also makes recommendations to both teachers and gatekeepers in the criminal justice system that will ensure a degree of equity in juvenile justice processing.
Descriptors: African American Community, Juvenile Justice, Cultural Influences, Youth, Delinquency, Minority Groups, African Americans, Literature Reviews, Racial Factors, Social Influences, Legal Problems, Crime, Socioeconomic Influences, Racial Bias, Educational Attainment, Family Influence, Disproportionate Representation, Disabilities
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