The final version of this chapter has been published in Comprehensive Handbook of Multicultural School Psychology, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2006).


In this chapter, we consider the possible reasons for the overrepresentation of African-American youth in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. We review research on discrimination in the justice system and possible differences between African American and White youth in the key risk factors for delinquency that exist at the individual, family, and peer-group and neighborhood levels. Based on these findings, we provide recommendations for treatments and interventions aimed at preventing and reducing offending and justice system involvement among African-American youth.


Criminal Law | Criminal Procedure | Juvenile Law | Law and Society

Date of this Version

March 2006