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Conclusion: Our Children, Their Children

Kimberly Kempf-Leonard and Darnell F. Hawkins

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/9780226319919.003.0014
Conclusion: Our Children, Their Children

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The juvenile justice system reforms of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century followed a period of enormous progress and change. Reflecting that impetus and precedent, the book Our Children, Their Children summarizes what social scientists currently know about the reasons for racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile offending and in the administration of justice in the United States, and about effective mechanisms to reduce those differences. This has been a vexing social and legal problem in American society for a long time. During the current period of otherwise rapid societal change, racial and ethnic disparities in American crime and justice persist and raise questions about how far the nation has come during the past half century toward reaching its much-heralded goal of achieving fairness and equal opportunity in American society and in its systems of justice.

Keywords: ethnic disparities; juvenile offending; American society; juvenile justice system

Chapter.  8874 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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