Examining Racial Disparities in Juvenile Justice

J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2019 Mar;47(1):48-52. doi: 10.29158/JAAPL.003828-19. Epub 2019 Feb 13.


Decades of research have focused on understanding and addressing racial disparities that occur at every stage of processing in the juvenile justice system. Leaders in the field have raised concerns about the differential treatment and selection of youth based on race. Taking into consideration Sussman and colleagues' results regarding the use of manifest injustice in Washington State, we review briefly the legislative changes that have occurred nationally to address the problem of disproportionate minority contact. We also consider data and hypotheses that have increased our understanding of why and how these racial disparities occur.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Humans
  • Juvenile Delinquency*
  • Minority Groups
  • Washington