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Franklin E. Zimring

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181166.001.0001

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Reducing the Harms of Minority Overrepresentation in American Juvenile Justice

Reducing the Harms of Minority Overrepresentation in American Juvenile Justice

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(p.159) Eleven Reducing the Harms of Minority Overrepresentation in American Juvenile Justice
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American Juvenile Justice
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Franklin E. Zimring

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181166.003.0052

This chapter identifies some of the key policy choices that must be made in reducing injustices found in American juvenile courts. It argues that reducing the hazards of juvenile court processing may be a better approach to protecting minority youth than just trying to reduce the proportion of juvenile court cases with minority defendants. The chapter is organized into two sections. The first section concerns the conceptual equipment necessary to assess the impact of legal policies on minority populations. The second section attempts to apply the apparatus developed in the first section to discuss recent chapters in juvenile justice law reform: changes in transfer policy, the deinstitutionalization of status offenders, and the embrace of diversion programs.

Keywords:   American juvenile courts, injustice, minority youth, minority defendants, juvenile justice law reform, transfer policy, status offenders, diversion programs

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