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Data Snapshot Shows Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Delinquency Cases 

JUVJUST - Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Processing of Delinquency Cases, 2020

OJJDP has updated its Statistical Briefing Book with a new Data Snapshot on racial and ethnic disparities in the processing of delinquency cases.

The data show that referral rates for cases involving Black youth in 2020 exceeded the rates for all other groups, except for drug cases. 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.

Developed for OJJDP by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Statistical Briefing Book offers easy online access to statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics. 

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Date Published: August 2, 2023