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Tribal delinquency jurisdiction, 2016

  • State (mandatory)

  • State (other)

  • Federal

  • Not applicable

Tennessee does not have Indian land of federally-recognized tribes within its borders.  It is one of only 3 states that specifies considerations for AI/AN youth in its juvenile court purpose clause.  ICWA protections apply to custody matters related to child abuse and neglect proceedings, but specifically not for delinquency matters. See TN ST §37-1-101

Monitoring data

  • N/A: Insufficient data to compute arrest rates
  • * Rates used to compute ratio based on fewer than 10 observations
  • † White detained rate is 0

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Indicator data, 2017

May report indicator data to the federal juvenile justice agency, but not publicly available.

DMC assessment

Report: Study of Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) in the Tennessee Juvenile Justice System
Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Year: 2012

DMC assessment Geography: State

  • Interviews

  • Surveys

  • Focus groups

  • Multivariate analysis

  • Descriptive statistics

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth completed an assessment in 2012 for the whole state. Data was assessed from 2011 for African American and all minority youth. Decision points assessed included referral, diversion, detention, petition, delinquent finding, probation, confinement, and transfer to adult court. Research methods included surveys, descriptive statistics, and multivariate analysis.

DMC coordinators

DMC coordinator 2012 2015 2016
Full-time state-level DMC coordinator
Part-time or other state-level staff

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About this project

Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice, Statistics) is a project to develop a repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states.

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