Race and Science in Californias Early Juvenile Justice System

Lecture Description

Using scientific research methods to identify, predict, and suppress crime is common today in criminology, penology, and crime mapping and statistics. One century ago, however, the use of science-based investigations was seen as the latest innovation in the fight against rising juvenile deviance in an increasingly diverse society. Miroslava Chávez-García’s presentation demonstrates how public and juvenile prison officials, among others in the early 1900s, viewed science as the cure for society’s ills, including crime. In embracing and harnessing the power of scientific thought, state officials nurtured the emerging carceral state, giving rise to a complex, research-based juvenile justice system in California.


Crime, Violence, Incarceration Science

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Miroslava Chávez-García

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