Document Type

Report

Publication Date

12-2009

Keywords

Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, JJDP Act, Juvenile Justice - minorities

Abstract

Executive Summary:

Since 1998, the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act has required all states that receive formula grant program funding to determine whether the proportion of minority youth in confinement exceeds their proportion of the population, and, if so, to develop corrective strategies. In 1992, Congress elevated this issue to a “core requirement” of the JJDP Act. In 2002, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention expanded the requirement to include the proportion of minorities at each key decision point, and not just at confinement. This allows a broader examination of how minority groups are treated in the juvenile justice system. The ultimate goal of this federal priority is to ensure equal and fair treatment for every youth in the juvenile justice system, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Comments

This report is available on the Maine Statistical Analysis Center Website at: http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/justiceresearch

Prepared for the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.

Funding for this report was provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), grant 2008‐JF‐FX‐0027.

Funding Organization or Grant

Funding for this report was provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), grant 2008‐JF‐FX‐0027.

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