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Understanding Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Probation: What Affects Decisions?
(NCJ 250802) July 2016
Grant, 93 page(s)
Rudy Haapanen, Ph.D
This report explores the process of probation decision making that leads to disparities by placing it in the context of constraints and options available at various decision points. It uses existing information on probation actions for cohorts of youth in two major mid-state California counties (electronic and hard-copy records) to derive an empirical overview of how cases are handled at various decision points for different types of referrals and for different ethnic groups. The goal was to describe decision making in the context of the options that are available at various decision points and how these may contribute to ethnic differences.