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Bootstrapping: Is It More Likely to Occur with Youth Who are of Color and/or from Low-Income Families?

Study Dates: 2001 Study Description: Findings from the “Minority Over-representation in the Utah Juvenile Justice System” study included that youth and staff involved in the system perceive that bootstrapping (the practice of adding charges in a single criminal episode) by law enforcement is more likely to occur with youth who are of color and who are from low income families. This study aimed to use arrest records (to determine the number of charges per episode), Juvenile Information System (JIS) data (to determine race, ethnicity and disposition of all charges) and social files (to explore data related to youth’s socioeconomic status) to explore whether study participants’ perceptions were accurate.

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Last Updated: 5/28/19