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Critical Condition: African American Youth in the Justice System

Published Sep 1, 2008, Neelum Arya and Ian Augarten

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The second in a series on race and ethnicity, the brief looks at the state of racial disparities for black youth in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, and analyzes demographic data, risk and protective factors, delinquency research, and justice-system data to provide a comprehensive overview of court-involved African-American youth. The report finds that while African-American youth do not commit more crime than white youth, they are overwhelmingly subjected to more punitive treatment including transfer to the adult courts and detention in adult jails.

Reform areas: Racial-ethnic fairness/DMC

Categories: Racial-ethnic fairness/DMC

Uploaded May 19, 2009

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