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dc.contributor.advisorFeagin, Joe R.
dc.creatorFeinstein, Rachel
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-16T15:56:44Z
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-16T20:20:38Z
dc.date.available2012-07-16T15:56:44Z
dc.date.available2012-07-16T20:20:38Z
dc.date.created2011-05
dc.date.issued2012-07-16
dc.date.submittedMay 2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/ETD-TAMU-2011-05-9191
dc.description.abstractRacial inequality within the juvenile justice system has been cited by numerous studies. This racial inequality is generally referred to as disproportionate minority contact (DMC), and the causes have been debated in the literature for decades. Using a relatively unique methodology for DMC literature, this study incorporated in-depth interview data from thirty male juveniles residing in a private correctional facility to elucidate possible causes of DMC. By analyzing and comparing the experiences of incarcerated juveniles, support for theories of systemic racism, Donald Black’s self-help or the community justice theory, and Agnew’s general strain theory was found. Themes that emerged from the qualitative data include differences in neighborhood and family contexts for minorities compared to whites, variations in motivations for engagement in criminal activity, and differences in the interactions with police officers and perceptions of the police based on race. Specifically, major findings show minority participants were more likely to describe anger and revenge as the most common reason for committing crimes compared to whites, who frequently cited boredom as their primary reason for engaging in criminal activity. Furthermore, black, Latino, and Native American participants were more likely to report growing up in dangerous neighborhoods than whites. Police interactions also showed a racial discrepancy, with whites receiving more chances from the police, and minorities being repeatedly arrested by the same officer slightly more frequently than whites. Overall, findings suggest that disproportionate minority contact is a result of disproportionate levels of strain and injustice experienced by minorities compared to whites.en
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectdisproportionate minority contacten
dc.subjectraceen
dc.subjectjuvenile justiceen
dc.subjectsystemic racismen
dc.subjectself-help theoryen
dc.subjectgeneral strain theoryen
dc.titleJuvenile Justice and the Incarcerated Male Minority: A Qualitative Examination of Disproportionate Minority Contacten
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentSociologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen
thesis.degree.grantorTexas A&M Universityen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFoster, Holly
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMcIntosh, William
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