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This study seeks to explore the effects a juvenile's race will have on adjudication and dispositional sentencing. This study will be comprised of content analyses looking at case level data from southwestern Ohio. I will be comparing juvenile court cases across race by both gender and offense committed. This study will analyze how white juveniles and African American juveniles are sentenced when they come into contact with the juvenile justice system. I will account for previous offenses and compare juveniles with priors only to other juveniles with prior records. I plan to reach out to the justice systems in the counties of Butler, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren.

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Arthur J Jipson

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Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


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The Effect of Race in Juvenile Sentencing