New Report from the BI: A Brief History of the Youth of Color in the Justice System

Repairing the Breach: A Brief History of Youth of Color in the Justice System

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Today, more than 2 million people are incarcerated and more than 7 million are on probation, parole, or other supervision in the United States. Similarly, we have nearly 1 million young people involved in the youth justice system. The overwhelming majority in both systems are people of color. The national reaction to these numbers covers a wide range of commentary, scholarship, and punditry.

Too much of the analysis about how we arrived at this situation and what should be done about it is ahistorical.

A new report from the Burns Institute, “Repairing the Breach: A Brief History of Youth of Color in the Justice System,” gives us critical information about our past so that we can consider equity strategies that will move us in a positive direction for children, families, and communities, regardless of their race and/or ethnicity.

To download a copy of this report, click here.