Summary for Racism and Juvenile Justice
The Juvenile Justice topic I chose to focus my term paper on is “Racism and the Juvenile Justice System.” This topic has been very controversial due to the implications of racism being practiced by judges, attorneys, police and the justice system as a whole. My report will focus on the blatant disparities between minorities and Caucasian juveniles. I will present documentation showing extreme differences when both parties are arrested for the same crime but the minority is treated far worse than the Caucasian juvenile. I will also show that this is not a new issue but has been around for many years. Due to more organizations taking interest into the fair treatment of “all” juveniles, the unfair treatment is coming out to the public. The report will focus mainly on the state of California where it has some of the most excessive discrimination noted throughout my research. I will provide information from the Justice Department and various governmental agencies as well as private organizations showing documented disparities in numerous cases of racism in the juvenile justice system. My report will also show how black youths are tried and convicted as adults more so than white juveniles. I will provide information on how racial profiling has attributed to such behavior throughout the system.
In closing my report I will provide information on how to repair the entire juvenile justice system. It will show that it will not be an easy task and must start from the beginning, meaning, appropriate training for all individuals involved in the legal process. This will not only assist the juvenile justice system, but may carry over to the entire judicial system.
1. Racial Profiling
2. Racially Biased Judges
3. Children Tried as Adults
4. Disproportionate Minority Confinement (DMC)
3a. Stages of African-American Youth at Each Stage of the Justice System Chart