Racial Disparity in Juvenile Justice System?

County Probation will seek a $200,000 state grant that would allow the department to examine potential racial and ethnic disparities in the area’s juvenile justice system. County agencies would study the data on those ages 10-17 who are referred to Probation and booked into Juvenile Hall; according to figures from 2013, African-American and Latino children enter Juvenile Hall at higher rates (relative to their populations) than their white peers. The money would cover trainings on recognizing implicit bias. Grant winners will be announced in September.

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