Health professionals who care for children will find a thoughtful and hands-on resource to address racism and race-related issues in their practices in this essay collection. Leading experts from across disciplines frame the issues and provide practical information on prevention, intervention, and anticipatory guidance. Each chapter is grounded in the recommendations outlined in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement “The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health.” The AAP is committed to reducing the ongoing costs and burden of racism to children, the health care system, and society—this book is an important contribution to that effort and ongoing conversation. Available for purchase at https://www.aap.org/Untangling-the-Thread-of-Racism-A-Primer-for-Pediatric-Health-Professionals-Paperback
18: Youth Legal System
Mikah Owen, MD, MPH, MBA, Stephenie Wallace, MD, MSPH, "Youth Legal System", Untangling the Thread of Racism: A Primer for Pediatric Health Professionals, American Academy of Pediatrics, Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAP, Danielle G. Dooley, MD, MPhil, FAAP, Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP
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The youth legal system (commonly referred to as the juvenile justice system) in the United States is a complex, decentralized system primarily administered at the state and local levels. Working knowledge regarding the design and process of the youth legal system can help inform clinical and advocacy efforts intended to improve outcomes and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities for youth involved in the legal system. Advocates can work to bring awareness and dismantle inequities in all settings, especially the legal system, to avoid compounding the negative consequences in the lives of youth.
Keywords: juvenile justice, legal system, racial and ethnic disparities