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The Color of Youth Transferred to the Adult Criminal Justice System: Policy & Practice Recommendations

The Campaign for Youth Justice and the National Association of Social Workers have published a new brief examining the role of race in juvenile justice rates.

Juvenile arrest rates have fallen sharply in recent years, but black youth are disproportionately represented in adult court at some of the highest percentages in 30 years, according to a joint report from the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

The new report, “The Color of Youth Transferred to the Adult Criminal Justice System: Policy & Practice Recommendations”, discusses how this egregious practice, which is rooted in our nation’s past and ongoing racism, has had a devastating impact on black youth and the black community. Black children sent to adult jails and prisons are more likely to die by suicide, suffer from mental illness, and recidivate when they return to the community.

The brief outlines how black youth end up at the front door of adult courts through three state case studies of Oregon, Florida, and Missouri. We dive into the historical context of racial terror inflicted on black communities that has shaped the foundation of systemic policies, practices, and procedures that compound disproportionality.

Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:46 PM