Author to discuss racism in juvenile justice system

By From page A5 | May 03, 2012

Miroslava Chavez-Garcia will discuss her new book, “States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California’s Juvenile Justice System,” on Tuesday, May 15, in a talk hosted by the UC Davis Bookstore.

The free public talk will run from 1 to 2 p.m. in the store’s special events room, next to the post office, inside the Memorial Union.

The book by Chavez-Garcia, an associate professor Chicano/a Studies, analyzes the rise of the of the juvenile justice system with “one of the harshest states — California — as a case study for examining racism in the treatment of incarcerated young people of color,” according to a news release.

Her book, published by the University of California Press,  details the ideologies and practices of the system in the 19th and 20th centuries, explores the pseudo-scientific research used to classify of youths of color as degenerate and shows the resistance of boys and girls, and their families, to harsh treatment, including sterilization.

Cory Golden

Cory Golden

The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter. http://about.me/cory_golden
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