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Overrepresentation of minority youths



May 2008

What to do with juvenile delinquents?

by Staff, on Deinstitutionalization, Jail and Lockup Removal, juvenile delinquents, OJJDP, Overrepresentation of minority youths, Segregation, teen issues, troubled teenagers

According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ( OJJDP ), there are four anti-confinement mandates regarding juvenile custody. These are: Deinstitutionalization: Youths charged with "status" offenses that would not be crimes if committed by adults, such as truancy, running away and being caught with alcohol or tobacco, must be "deinstitutionalized," which in this case really means that, with certain exceptions (e.g., minor in possession of a handgun), status…