Decision Making and Juvenile Justice: An Analysis of Bias in Case Processing by Paul E. Tracy
Based on a comprehensive study of three counties in Texas, this work examines the idea of differential treatment among minority offenders. Traditional wisdom suggests that minorities are overrepresented in the…
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Based on a comprehensive study of three counties in Texas, this work examines the idea of differential treatment among minority offenders. Traditional wisdom suggests that minorities are overrepresented in the juvenilejustice system because of racism and discrimination within the system itself.
The author refutes this logic by defying the current studies and studying the results of the Texas study. The results indicate that minorities are more represented in the juvenilejustice system than their counterparts because of their greater involvement in criminal activity, not because of any preferential treatment they may receive at critical decision points within the system.
The Federal Government often supports allegations of racial prejudice against the juvenilejustice system, suggesting that minorities continue to be targeted more frequently for arrest, trial, conviction and imprisonment simply for being colored persons. Drawing on new research, the author deals with ethnic variation in the juvenilejustice system and claims that previous research suffers from problems of systematic and statistical analysis, leading to misinterpretation of the issue of racial prejudice.
The present study argues that most minority events have different case outcomes because of the severity of their current crimes, and both the length and intensity of their former functions are at a deviation. Tracy's research ultimately suggests that the system of events rather than being discriminatory, instead interacts with a particular type of delinquent using legally permissible guidelines..
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