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Race, Ethnicity, and Juvenile Justice

Paul E. Tracy

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/9780226319919.003.0010
Race, Ethnicity, and Juvenile Justice

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This chapter investigates the issue of disproportionate minority confinement (DMC) in the Texas juvenile justice system. Investigations of the extent to which minorities are disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice system, given their underlying percentage distribution in the youth population, are an important area of scholarly inquiry. The essence of the issue is whether members of certain races or ethnic groups receive differential (biased) handling across the various stages of the juvenile justice system. In many ways, the DMC issue is reminiscent of the debate that began in the 1960s concerning the “dark figure of crime” and the “real” relationship surrounding race and involvement in delinquency. However, the DMC issue and inquiry into its possible causes are more complicated than should be the case because of the highly politicized and often ideological manner by which the issue arose and has been pursued.

Keywords: disproportionate minority confinement; Texas; juvenile justice system; race

Chapter.  20098 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Family Law

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