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Black Youth Less Likely to be Released From Youth Detention

Viernes, 10 de Julio de 2020 | América del Norte, Estados Unidos
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The youth detention population has declined 27 percent since the pandemic began to truly impact the United States. However, a report released Thursday which surveyed juvenile justice agencies in 33 states from January 1 to June 1 found that the rate of releasing young people from detention has “begun slowing dramatically,” resulting in an increase in the youth population behind bars while disproportionately keeping Black youth incarcerated.

In other words, “one of every three young people in detention on June 1 would not have been in detention if the release rate had stayed at its March level,” the report found.

Before COVID-19, the white youth release rate was about 7 percent higher than the rate for their African-American peers. By May, the rate was 17 percent higher, more than double, according to the study, conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s (AECF) Juvenile Justice Strategy Group.

The finds have alarmed family members and advocates alike due to the confinement and potential lethal exposure to the coronavirus.

“These data demonstrate how critical it is for juvenile justice systems not only to keep young people out of detention facilities but also to act with urgency to get young people out,” says Nate Balis, director of the AECF Juvenile Justice Strategy Group.

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