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Presumed Criminal: Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York

Carl Suddler


Presumed Criminal is a provocative analysis of youth, race, and crime in New York City from the 1930s to the 1960s that shows how shifts in the criminal justice system bolstered authoritative efforts that criminalized black youths. Grounded in extensive research, it is a startling examination of a historical past that appears to be anything but past.The criminalization of black youth is inseparable from its racialized origins. Thus, when the federal government entered the debate on how to address juvenile delinquency in the United States, it occurred at a critical juncture when Progressive-era ... More

Keywords: criminalization, juvenile delinquency, criminal justice, surveillance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479847624
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479847624.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl Suddler, author
Emory University