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Race, Ethnicity, and Serious and Violent Juvenile Offending
(NCJ 181202) June 2000
OJJDP Serious and Violent Juvenile Offending Series, Bulletin, 8 page(s)
Hawkins, D. F., Laub, J. H., Lauritsen, J. L., Cothern, L.
Discusses racial and ethnic differences in the rates of serious and violent offending among juveniles. This OJJDP Bulletin describes various data sources (justice system records and self-report offending and victimization surveys) and notes their strengths and weaknesses for purposes of identifying racial and ethnic patterns. The Bulletin summarizes statistics on national trends in juvenile offending by race and ethnicity, discusses research findings on racial and ethnic differences among chronic offenders, and offers various explanations of the patterns observed. It also presents recommendations for understanding these patterns and discusses implications for prevention and intervention efforts. Definitions of "race" and "ethnicity" are discussed, indicating the need for consistency in data comparisons.
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