2-racial equity

Tenet 2: Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities

Youth of color deserve fair and equitable treatment, yet they continue to be disproportionately arrested, detained, placed out of their homes, and transferred to the adult system when compared to white youth with similar offenses.[i] Eliminating disparities in the justice system requires the dismantling of policies and practices that create and exacerbate racial inequity. To specifically address racial disparities in decision-making – whether driven by implicit or explicit bias – schools, law enforcement agencies, probation departments and courts must provide strong leadership on equity issues, improve data collection, monitor trends by race and ethnicity, use objective decision-making tools, hire diverse staff, and develop culturally and linguistically responsive programs, services and training.

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[i] Rovner, J., Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Juvenile Justice System, Washington, D.C.: The Sentencing Project, 2014.