Invisible Bodies: LGBTQIA Youth in the Juvenile Legal System

Alithia Zamantakis

Abstract


Scholars and activists alike have called attention to the inequitable conditions through which people of color are funneled into the prison industrial complex. It is imperative to understand how this conversation relates to LGBTQIA identities within particular locales. is project examines the intersections of race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and age as they relate to LGBTQIA youth in Utah in the juvenile legal system, using Hirschi’s Theory of Social Bonds to analyze the ways in which community prevents “deviant” behavior. In order to understand these unique experiences, semi-structured interviews were conducted. e study is a qualitative report of the experiences of these youth. The interviews nd that socioeconomic class more than any other identity played an immense factor for these youth in entering into the juvenile legal system. ey also reveal that community aids in the rehabilitation and reorientation process. ese results support further research into the effects of the prison industrial complex. 


Keywords


LGBTQIA youth; juvenile legal system; social bonds

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