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.
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Racial Disparities and the Juvenile Justice System: A Legacy of Trauma
- The Advancement Project, Gay Straight Alliance Network and Equality Federation, Power in Partnership: Building Connections at the Intersection of Racial Justice and LGBTQ Movements to End the School to Prison Pipeline
- National Council on Crime and Delinquency, And Justice for Some: Differential Treatment of Youth of Color in the Justice System