Having a disproportionate number of kids of color in jail is a real problem facing today’s justice system. Casey's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has achieved reduced rates of minorities in lock up by making the reduction of racial and ethnic disparities a priority.
Kids of color are arrested and detained at higher rates and face harsher penalties than similarly situated white kids
Findings & Stats
Kids of color were detained at a higher rate in 48 out of 50 states in 2003.
Kids of color make up 65% of young people detained for drug offenses.
Statements & Quotations
By prioritizing the reduction of racial and ethnic disparities as a core detention reform strategy, JDAI sites have lowered the number of detained youth of color, reduced the higher odds of detention typically faced by African-American and Latino kids and provided increased opportunities for their success through cost-effective, community-based interventions.
The absence of justice for minority youth in the juvenile justice system occurs not only in confinement but as early as the decision to make the initial arrest and it continues through the sentencing process.”
– — U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va), Chairman, Subcommittee On Crime, Terrorism, And Homeland Security