Race, gender, and legal counsel: Differential outcomes in two juvenile courts

Lori Guevara, Denise Herz, Cassia Spohn

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This study examines the influence of race, gender, and type of legal counsel on juvenile court outcomes. Data from a sample of juvenile court referrals from two midwestern juvenile courts indicate that the effect of these factors varied by court location. The severity or leniency of the disposition outcome was determined by race, gender, type of legal counsel, and court location. This study clearly demonstrates the need for an approach that considers the interplay between legally relevant and legally irrelevant factors on juvenile justice decision making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-104
Number of pages22
JournalYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008


  • Gender
  • Juvenile justice
  • Legal counsel
  • Location
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Law


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