Race, Class, And Gender Contribute For Youth Delinquency

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Delinquency in Context
Race, class, and gender contribute to youth delinquency by being factors that have been demonized because they may conflict with the social norms established by the majority in the US. Race has long been an issue because of the skin deep differences and cultural norms or stereotypes associated with people from various parts of the world and how they mesh with the norms in the United States. Racism has deep roots in American culture and as a result has been a means to punish people more harshly in the judicial system. In the film Juvies (2005), teens were interviewed about their experiences in formal detention and what factors led to their incarceration. African Americans and Hispanics were at a disadvantage when they faced sentencing and as a result were more likely to be transferred to adult prisons or have increased sentences attached to them. Cultural norms associated to what masculinity and resilience are, mean different things to different people. In Punished (2011), author Victor Rios writes about the punitive social controls that affect many young people who are marginalized and controlled punitively.
Social class in relation to the justice system adversely affects not only minorities who are concentrated in marginalized communities (Rios, 2011), but also affects White people. Poor Whites compared to poor minorities may face similar obstacles, but they are not treated the same by all agents involved in the justice system. Discretion by police…

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