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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Processing of Delinquency Cases

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Date Published
July 2023
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This data snapshot uses data from OJJDP's National Juvenile Court Data Archive to assess variations in case processing. Except for drug cases, referral rates for cases involving Black youth exceeded the rates for all other groups. Across offenses, cases involving white youth were most likely to be diverted. Regardless of offense, cases involving youth of color were more likely to involve detention than cases involving white youth. Across offenses, cases involving white youth were less likely to result in placement than cases involving Black or Hispanic youth. 

Date Published: July 1, 2023