Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Minority over-representation in the juvenile justice system is a national concern. Research in this area is limited, however, there is indication that minority over-representation, particularly of African-American youth, seems to occur at various stages of juvenile justice processing. It is my belief that once arrested, minority youth are more likely to be certified as an adult than white youth. This paper examines the certification process in Clark County, Nevada, by studying a random sample of 200 cases. The results suggest that this theory holds true. The labeling perspective offers the best explanation of disparate treatment of African-American youth. Discrimination has been ever-present in every aspect of their lives while whites have enjoyed unwavering legal protections. Research also shows that crimes committed by minorities are more visible, detection is more likely, and the behaviors and general life styles of minorities are more likely to be labeled as "deviant.".
Justice; Juvenile; Minority; Over-representation; Representation; System
Criminology; Ethnology--Study and teaching; Blacks--Study and teaching
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Burgess, Shirley G, "Minority over-representation in the juvenile justice system" (1998). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 918.