Two New Juvenile Justice Publications

Just the Facts: A Snapshot of Incarcerated Youth
By: José D. Saavedra
Source: National Council of La Raza

From Press Release:

Among the overall youth population of the United States, Latinos make up 19% of all 10- to 17-year-olds, yet they represent 25% of youth who are incarcerated. A new fact sheet released today by NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., examines the racial and ethnic backgrounds of young people in the juvenile justice system.

Just the Facts: A Snapshot of Incarcerated Youth finds that Whites represent 59% of the U.S. population ages 10–17 and 30% of those who are incarcerated, while Latinos and Blacks make up 25% and 45%, respectively, of the incarcerated youth population.

Fact Sheet (PDF)

Youth Radio: Racial and Ethnic Disparities Juvenile Justice Data Map
Source: Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness & Equity

From Press Release:

A new interactive map of juvenile justice disparities across the country has become available to the public. The tool also provides state-by-state statistics, like California’s drug arrests between 2003 and 2006, which show that the number of African American youth arrested increased by six over that period, while the number of Latino youth arrested for similar offenses decreased by 21.

Some notable data from a quick scan of the map’s California statistics:

-In 2006, there were 3,024 Latino youth arrested for various offenses—making them the racial group with the highest number of arrests.

-The number of black and Latino youth incarcerated continues to increase.

-In 2007, there were 21,201 secure detentions of Latino youth, almost double the number of cases involving black youth.

State Map

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