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Juvenile Offending and Racial Threat: A Comparative Analysis of Juvenile Offenders, Age, and Crime

Author(s): Mark Pullin

The fear and reprisal of minority crime is at issue in most criminal justice administrations throughout the United States. As racial threat theory posits, minority population increases lead to political motivation to increase the presence of police agencies and expenditures to control the rise in minority populations in communities. This ideal will be brought out by looking at the increasing Hispanic populations in the South and how they may influence police functions. This project will examine juvenile populations as they increase or decrease according to race and ethnicity in the 35 largest cities in Texas. UCR data was collected to observe juvenile populations and their racial/ethnic make-up as compared to the crime rates in the afore-mentioned cities.

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