The Contexts of Juvenile Justice Decision Making

The Contexts of Juvenile Justice Decision Making : When Race Matters

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An in-depth examination of the contextual nature of decision making and the causes of disproportionate minority confinement in four relatively homogenous juvenile courts in Iowa, this book explores the subjective social psychological processes of juvenile court officers and the factors that influence those processes. Iowa, although a state with a predominantly white population, has one of the highest minority incarceration rates for juveniles. Michael J. Leiber focuses on the relationships between adherence to correctional orientations (such as retribution and rehabilitation) and decision-makers' views concerning race, crime, family, and respect for authority with judgments and differential outcomes for youth. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies are used to determine the extent to which correctional ideologies and decision-makers' stereotyping of minorities are fueled by a wide range of contingencies, the impact of case processing and outcomes of whites, African Americans, and Native Americans, and how it varies by jurisdiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 146.8 x 229.1 x 13.5mm | 322.06g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791457680
  • 9780791457689

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"This is a highly readable book that covers a topic of major importance in present-day society. As Leiber notes, the roles of decision-makers' attitudes is an important, yet largely ignored variable and the qualitative portion of his study are an important contribution to the literature."
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About Michael J. Leiber

Michael J. Leiber is Professor of Criminology at the University of Northern Iowa.
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