And Justice for Some: Differential Treatment of Minority Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Published On: April 1, 2000


This report shows that youth of color are over represented at each point in the system and that this disadvantage accumulates as they move through the system. Researchers found that minority youth are more likely to be referred to juvenile court, be detained, face trial as adults and go to jail than white youth who commit comparable crimes, making kids of color much more likely to spend their formative years behind bars.

This was created as part of Building Blocks for Youth, a project of the Youth Law Center.

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