NACDL - Race and Juvenile Justice

Race and Juvenile Justice

Racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.

According to a report by the Prison Policy Initiative - Youth Confinement: The Whole Pie - while just 14 percent of all youth under 18 in the U.S. are Black, 43 percent of boys and 34 percent of girls in juvenile facilities are Black. 

African American youth are sentenced to life without parole as children at a per capita rate that is 10 times that of White youth. (Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth)

Additional Resources on Race and the Criminal Justice System