Gender and Juvenile Justice Decision Making: What Role Does Race Play?

Lori Guevara, Denise Herz, Cassia Spohn

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This study examines the independent and interactive effects of race and gender on juvenile justice decision making. Using data from a sample of juvenile court referrals from two midwestern juvenile courts, this study looks at males and females separately by race. The results indicate that the effect of race on the pre-adjudication detention and disposition outcomes varies by gender. The severity or leniency of the outcomes is determined by race, gender, and an interaction of the two. This study underscores the need to examine juvenile justice decision making with a multistage analysis to unravel the intricate effects of race and gender.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-282
Number of pages25
Journalfeminist criminology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2006


  • decision making
  • gender
  • juvenile justice
  • race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Law


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