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States of Delinquency – Race and Science in the Making of California's Juvenile Justice System - California Scholarship Online
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States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California's Juvenile Justice System

Miroslava Chavez-Garcia


This unique analysis of the rise of the juvenile justice system from the nineteenth to twentieth centuries uses one of the harshest states—California—as a case study for examining racism in the treatment of incarcerated young people of color. Using untapped archives, this is the first book to explore the experiences of young Mexican Americans, African Americans, and ethnic Euro-Americans in California correctional facilities including Whittier State School for Boys and the Preston School of Industry. The book examines the ideologies and practices used by state institutions as they began to rep ... More

Keywords: juvenile justice system, California, racism, people of color, young people, Mexican Americans, African Americans, ethnic Euro-Americans, correctional facilities, youth punishment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520271715
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520271715.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, author
University of California, Davis