Publication Date

Spring 2019

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Holli Drummond (Director), Donielle Heron-Lovell, Lauren McClain

Degree Program

Department of Sociology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


This study seeks to understand how school processes affect disproportionate minority contact within the Hardin County Juvenile Justice System. A study completed by Lovell and Drummond (2016) in conjunction with the Hardin County BRIDGES Council, is used as the foundation for the current research. The original research, along with several others, examined disproportionate minority contact (DMC) after the student had been referred from their respective schools to the juvenile court system. The current study investigates 858 juvenile court records, with permission of the Hardin County Juvenile Judges, and examines school information included in the court records related to the student in correlation to race. School data was collected from the court cases to identify points of DMC that begin within the school system, which ultimately led to their referral to the juvenile court system.


Criminology | Education | Social and Behavioral Sciences