Bullying And Incarceration Essay

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bullying contributes to mass incarceration. There is, however, a commonality that exists between the two entities. What can be derived from the data about bullying is there is a racial inequity which mirrors the same inequities that exist for the incarcerated population (The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative [CAHMI], 2012) (American Civil Liberties Union, 2008). Bullying data and studies have demonstrated that Black youths in school are more likely to engage in bullying behaviors than any other race (CAHMI, 2012). Studies have linked bullying behaviors to incarceration among juveniles, suggesting that youths that engage in bullying are at an increased risk of committing a crime and consequently be incarcerated (Bender et al., 2010). This connection has been raised a component of the "School-to-Prison Pipeline" in which students of color (particularly Black and Latino) are the…show more content…
Researchers examined bullying practices prior to incarceration amongst juvenile offenders. The purpose of the study was to determine the psychological factors that are associated with bullying behavior priors to juvenile's incarceration. In order to fulfill such a purpose, researchers relied on past studies and developed theories to create questions and measures to utilize. Previous studies regarding bullying provided the following conclusions such as youth with inconsistent parent or authority are at a higher risk of bullying others, and youths who bully are more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors such as drug use. Researchers developed three separate questions that focused youths prior to their incarceration which included: the prevalence of bullying, the demographic and psychiatric variables that are associated with bullying, and the antisocial behaviors that are also associated with
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