Youth of Color and the Juvenile Justice System

Minority youth are overrepresented at nearly every level of the juvenile justice system. Officials across the United States struggle to reduce what is often referred to as disproportionate minority contact, or DMC. Read all of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange’s ongoing, in-depth coverage of DMC here, including the stories of the youth affected by it.

Recent posts

OP-ED: Cops and Community, How to Repair a Broken Relationship

Alton Pitre

It is difficult to repair a broken relationship, one built on years of distrust. It is especially tough if you are the parent of a child forever getting caught up in the juvenile justice system, knowing their kid can be harassed and possibly injured or arrested for simply walking down the street. Continue Reading →

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Analysis: Coming Soon… A Watershed Moment on DMC

Youth of Color and the Juvenile Justice System — Racial-Ethnic Fairness

Reading through JJIE’s extensive coverage regarding racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice over the past month, reviewing its excellent new DMC resource hub, and scanning the available literature, it is impossible to avoid a couple of painful conclusions. Continue Reading →

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A Modern Understanding of a Long Ago Confession and a Boy’s Execution

George Frierson, a local historian and community activist in Alcolu, S.C. A few years ago, Frierson began to examine the case of George Stinney Jr., who was executed in 1944 at age 14 for the murder of two white girls. What he found pushed him into activism for the exoneration of Stinney.

A few miles off I-95, past acres of brown-and-white fields where blackbirds circle overhead, this small town in the heart of Deep South cotton country isn't known for much. It has a post office and a few churches, some abandoned houses and some nicer ones, ramshackle trailers and cotton fields. After church on a recent Sunday there, George Frierson was scuffing a shiny black dress shoe across some gravel at a railroad crossing. Back when he was a kid the rail line split this tiny, rural town along racial lines. But for blacks like him growing up in Alcolu, the train tracks signified something even more sinister than segregation. Continue Reading →

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