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Introduction

Darnell F. Hawkins and Kimberly Kempf-Leonard

in Our Children, Their Children

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226319889
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226319919 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226319919.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter introduces a book that provides a state-of-the-science examination of the extent and causes and correlates of racial and ethnic differences in the processing of youths within the juvenile justice system. This effort has been undertaken during a period when the juvenile court and its assorted institutional appendages have come under increased scrutiny and criticism from both within and without. Much recent public discourse regarding how children are cared for and disciplined appears quite reminiscent of the debates occurring in the decades leading to the establishment of the United States' first juvenile courts and correctional facilities. Public attitudes toward youths, juvenile law, and the administration of justice in the country have always reflected a myriad of interacting and often competing social forces. Public perceptions of race, ethnic, social class, and place-of-birth differences and their relevance for criminal involvement have always figured prominently in that ideological, political, and socioeconomic array of forces.

Keywords: ethnic differences; juvenile justice system; social forces; race; social class

Chapter.  8881 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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