Date of Award
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ)
Criminal Justice, Criminology, & Forensics
Paul Sherfey and Catherine Pickard
Restorative justice programs are frequently designed to divert youth from the criminal justice system and to decrease recidivism. In 2011, King County established a restorative justice program, the 180-program, to decrease new referrals and to decrease racial disproportionality in the juvenile court. While previous studies have found lower overall new referral rates for youth who completed the 180-program, gaps remain. The program has not been measured for likelihood of recidivism and completion rates based on race. The 180-program has been compared to other juvenile justice programs but has not been analyzed for its individual success and effectiveness. Informed by self-concept and labeling theories, this study re-assesses the 180- program’s success in confronting the disproportionality issue in the juvenile justice system. Purposive sampling of secondary data was utilized. Racial equity scoring and logistic regression was used as measurement/ analytic tools. Limitations and policy implications are discussed.
Jones, Stephanie, "Addressing Racial Disproportionality in the Juvenile Justice System: An Evaluation of the King County Juvenile Court 180-Program" (2020). Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Theses. 6.