Our Failing Justice System By Matt Lindler

Our justice system in the United States was founded in the values of rehabilitation, redemption, and fairness. To this end, it must draw a clear distinction between youth and adults, and should ensure youth are treated in an age-appropriate manner. This is why a juvenile justice system was created– because of what we know about the special needs of young people and their fundamental emotional, behavioral, and developmental differences from adults. But too frequently the current system ignores this essential consideration of age and maturity, and youth become subject to the adult criminal justice system that has its own deeply-rooted problems.

The arrest rate of African American youth is nearly two times that of white youth. African American youth are 1.4 times more likely to be detained than white youth arrested for the same crimes, and are twice as likely to be transferred to adult court.

African American youth are 10 times more likely than their white peers to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Although African Americans comprise only 12% of the overall population,they make up more than half (56.1%) of youth sentenced to life without parole. This is almost identical to the disparity seen among the overall population sentenced to life without parole, where 56.4% are African American.

How can networking help change this?

The system has to be reformed from the bottom up. Its not just the system we live in its the society.


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