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Race as a Factor in Juvenile Arrests
(NCJ 189180) April 2003
Bulletin, 8 page(s)
Pope, C. E., Snyder, H. N.
 
Analyzes statistics from the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System for evidence of racial bias in police arrests of juveniles for violent crimes. Although previous research has explored the degree to which race impacts the juvenile justice system, the results have been mixed. Some studies have found evidence of racial bias, while others have found that race is not a significant factor. This Bulletin focuses on a somewhat neglected area of research, i.e., the role that race plays in police decisionmaking. It compares arrest probabilities of white and nonwhite juveniles for violent crimes and finds no direct evidence that an offender's race affects police decisions to take juveniles into custody in such incidents.
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