Research Analysis Shows Highly Disproportionate Treatment for Native American Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Mar 25, 2008, 01:00 ET from National Council on Crime and Delinquency

    OAKLAND, Calif., March 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National
 Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) has just released a review of
 national data on the disparity of treatment between Native American youth
 and other racial and ethnic groups.
     Some of the analysis findings are as follows:
     -- At the points of arrest and formal processing Native Americans and
 Whites are equally likely to be arrested and, once referred, to be
 petitioned (similar to indictment for adults).
     -- However, Native Americans are 50% more likely than Whites to receive
 the most punitive measures, namely, out-of-home placement after
 adjudication or waiver to the adult criminal justice system.
     -- The differential for these two most punitive measures are larger for
 Native Americans than for African Americans.
White Native African API American American Arrests per youth in population 1.0 1.0 1.9 0.3 Referrals per arrest 1.0 1.3 1.2 1.2 Diversions per referral 1.0 0.9 0.7 0.8 Detentions per referral 1.0 1.1 1.3 1.2 Petitions (formal processing) per referral 1.0 1.0 1.2 1.1 Adjudications per petition 1.0 1.1 0.9 1.0 Probation per adjudication 1.0 0.9 0.9 1.0 Placement per adjudication 1.0 1.5 1.2 1.0 Waiver to adult court per petition 1.0 1.5 1.4 0.6 Barry Krisberg, President, of NCCD is available to comment on these findings and other aspects of Disproportionate Minority Contact. He can be reached at 510-208-0500 x311, A copy of this report is available on NCCD's website at:

SOURCE National Council on Crime and Delinquency