Race, legal representation, and juvenile justice: Issues and concerns

Lori Guevara, Cassia Spohn, Denise Herz

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The objective of this study was to examine the influence of type of counsel across race on juvenile court outcomes. Using data from a sample of juvenile court referrals from two midwestern juvenile courts, this study examined the interaction of race and type of counsel on disposition outcome. The results indicated that youth without an attorney were the most likely to have the charges dismissed, and this effect was more pronounced for non-White youth. In addition, non-White youth represented by a private attorney were significantly more likely than similar White youth to receive a secure confinement disposition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-371
Number of pages28
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Court outcomes
  • Juvenile justice
  • Legal representation
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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