Race and the Jurisprudence of Juvenile Justice

Barry C. Feld

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:
Race and the Jurisprudence of Juvenile Justice

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More than three-quarters of a century ago, World War I curtailed European immigration and created a demand for African-American southern laborers to work in northern factories in the United States. The issue of race has had two distinct and contradictory influences on the juvenile justice theory and practice during the second half of the twentieth century. Initially, the Warren Court's due process revolution and Gault attempted to enhance civil rights, protect minority citizens, and limit the coercive powers of the state. But Gault's provision of procedural rights at trial legitimated punishment and fostered a procedural and substantive convergence with criminal courts. Three decades of judicial decision, legislative amendments, and administrative changes have converted the juvenile court into a scaled-down, second-class criminal court that provides neither therapy nor justice for young offenders.

Keywords: European immigration; race; juvenile justice; Warren Court; Gault

Chapter.  18075 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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