Explaining Assessments of future Risk: Race and Attributions of Juvenile Offenders in Pre-Sentencing Reports

Christine E.W. Bond, University of Washington
Sara Steen, University of Colorado, Boulder
George Bridges, University of Washington
Charis Kubrin, George Washington University

Although context is generally conceptualized in terms of community or other structural characteristics, another important aspect of the macrosocial context is time. This paper analyzes how time may condition racial disparities in imprisonment. Using 10 years of juvenile justice decisions for 39 counties in Washington State, this study explores the ways in which changes in communities and courts over time have influenced racial differences in the decision to imprison.

(Return to Program Resources)

Updated 05/20/2006