COIP Blog: September 2017

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JS Blog Post September 20, 2017

Youth Incarceration Numbers are Down But Racial Disparities are Up--A New Fact Sheet from The Sentencing Project

Lill M. Hewko

Last week The Sentencing Project released its first of three fact sheets on racial and ethnic disparities in youth incarceration. State by state analysis shows that despite long-term declines in youth incarceration overall, racial disparities continue to grow. Read more »

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Thank you James for your comment. From reading your pieces, I think we both agree that our efforts to end racial disparities are not currently working and that simply lowering arrest rates is not a sufficient solution in and of itself. Reducing negative outcomes is definitely not enough if race (class, ability, gender) are not taken into account on how the plans to reduce such outcomes are carried out.

I think instead, it shows us that we must take deeper approaches to how we undo institutional and structural racism. A racial impact statement on a juvenile justice law will not capture or reduce all of our problems if we do not for example work on the underlying problems creating the school to prison pipeline. I think anyone paying attention or living in this world as a person of color is well aware of the limited opportunities presented for people of color and the higher likelihood of being in contact with the police. Instead my conclusion is that in reducing arrest rates, we have done this for certain communities, white youth. This report lays out more information on the situation in Seattle, WA created with some of our top social science researchers such as Katherine Beckett: “PRELIMINARY REPORT ON RACE AND WASHINGTON’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM”.  I appreciate dialoging on this. And I think that solutions such as those proposed http://rightoncrime.com/category/priority-issues/juvenile-justice/ here by Right On Crime for example, would help reduce disparities if the programs were informed by race. By informed I mean understanding institutional and structural racism and the outcomes of this racism on individuals and our systems. 

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JS Blog Post September 5, 2017

Sentenced to Lose: A message from a Young Incarcerated Father

Lill M. Hewko and Daniel Loera

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