Although white youth and youth of color commit crimes at similar rates, youth of color are overrepresented at nearly every point of contact with the juvenile justice system. This disproportionate minority contact (DMC) is often the result of crime policies and school, police and juvenile court practices. Youth of color, both boys and girls, are arrested, charged, and incarcerated more than white youth who have engaged in similar behavior.
Earlier this year, JJIE launched a comprehensive Juvenile Justice Resource Hub that offers engaging research and information on critical issues in juvenile justice. The new Juvenile Justice Resource Hub section on racial-ethnic fairness covers the persistent problem of racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system and details some promising reforms aimed at addressing this inequity. Check it out>>
- Story Series: Youth of Color and the Juvenile Justice System
- Why are youth of color overrepresented in the juvenile justice system? Does it stem from poor school discipline policies? Juvenile court practices? Economic divides? This series of articles will delve into the question of racial-ethnic fairness and highlight various efforts at reducing “disproportionate minority contact” (DMC) within the system. >>Read
Please spread the word to your networks about this important launch. JJIE.org has created sample promotional language, images and a blog for reposting to help you to alert your networks. Please customize as needed. Thanks for helping to spread the word about this valuable information hub!
Sample Social Media Posts
Below are sample posts to alert your social media networks on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Use these or write your own, using the suggested tags.
Twitter & LinkedIn Status Updates
- Advocating for reduced racial disparity in the #juvenilejustice system? Get all the info @JJIEnews resource hub: http://bit.ly/M6njW8
- Youth of color are overrepresented in the #juvenilejustice system. New efforts to reverse this trend: http://bit.ly/M6njW8 @JJIEnews
- Latino youth 50% more likely than white youth to be tried as adults. Info on efforts to stop this trend: http://bit.ly/M6njW8 @JJIEnews
Facebook & LinkedIn Discussion Boards
- @Juvenile Justice Information Exchange has compelling news, resources & commentary on juvenile justice reform trends to serve your best work. Check out the Juvenile Justice Resource Hub’s reform categories, including the brand new section on racial-ethnic fairness in the system: http://bit.ly/M6njW8
- Latino youth are 50 percent more likely than white youth to receive an out-of-home placement in the juvenile justice system or to be charged and tried in the adult system. Get more info at the Juvenile Justice Resource Hub: http://bit.ly/M6njW8
Website & eNewsletter Language and Images
- JJIE.org Resource Hub Expands to Explore Racial Disparity in the Juvenile Justice System
Over the next few weeks, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange will produce a series of stories that explores the overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system. This series of articles will delve into the question of racial-ethnic fairness and highlight various efforts at reducing “disproportionate minority contact” (DMC) within the system. >>Read