Dealing With Disproportionate Minority Confinement: Afrocentric Restorative Justice

Morris Jenkins, University of Toledo

Approaches under the Afrocentric Theory have been proposed as positive means to deal with the social ills and disenfranchisement that plagues the African-American community. One of the major problems in the African American community is crime. Minorities overall, and specifically African Americans, are over-represented in correctional facilities and a disproportionate number of African-Americans are under the supervision of probation and parole authorities. In addition, minorities are over-represented as victims of crime and delinquency. Over the past few years, restorative justice has been proposed as a more effective way to deal with crime and delinquency overall. This article explores whether a culturally specific Afrocentric Restorative Justice approach could be viable alternative response to crime and delinquency within the African-American community.

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