Disproportionality and Disparities Among Sexual Minority Youth in Custody

46 Journal of Youth and Adolescence 1547 (2017)

UCLA School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 18-03

Posted: 8 Feb 2018

See all articles by Bianca D.M. Wilson

Bianca D.M. Wilson

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Sid P. Jordan

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Ilan H Meyer

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Andrew R. Flores

Mills College

Lara Stemple

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Jody L. Herman

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Research indicates that sexual minority youth are disproportionately criminalized in the U.S. and subjected to abusive treatment while in correctional facilities. However, the scope and extent of disparities based on sexual orientation remains largely overlooked in the juvenile justice literature. This study, based on a nationally representative federal agency survey conducted in 2012 (N = 8785; 9.9% girls), reveals that 39.4% of girls and 3.2% of boys in juvenile correctional facilities identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. These youth, particularly gay and bisexual boys, report higher rates of sexual victimization compared to their heterosexual peers. Sexual minority youth, defined as both lesbian, gay, and bisexual identified youth as well as youth who identified as straight and reported some same-sex attraction, were also 2–3 times more likely than heterosexual youth to report prior episodes of detention lasting a year or more. Implications for future research and public policy are discussed.

Keywords: Juvenile Justice, Detention, Sexual Minorities, Sexual Violence

Suggested Citation

Wilson, Bianca and Jordan, Sid and Meyer, Ilan H and Flores, Andrew and Stemple, Lara and Herman, Jody, Disproportionality and Disparities Among Sexual Minority Youth in Custody (2017). 46 Journal of Youth and Adolescence 1547 (2017); UCLA School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 18-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3110928

Bianca Wilson

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States

Sid Jordan

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) ( email )

Los Angeles, CA
United States

Ilan H Meyer

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States

Andrew Flores

Mills College ( email )

5000 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94613-1301
United States

Lara Stemple (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States
310-206-4778 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://law.ucla.edu/home/index.asp?page=1925

Jody Herman

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
170
PlumX Metrics