JJDPA Matters


JJDPA Matters: A Look at the Latest Data on Race and Juvenile Justice

By Josh Rovner, State Advocacy Associate, The Sentencing Project

The remarkable drop in juvenile arrest rates since the mid-1990s has done little to mitigate the gap between how frequently black and white teenagers encounter the juvenile justice system. These racial disparities threaten the credibility of a justice system that purports to treat everyone equitably. Across the country, juvenile justice systems are marked by disparate racial outcomes at every stage of the process, starting with more frequent arrests for youth of color and ending with more frequent secure placement.

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