Our Prisons In Black And White

In lieu of this week's interview with Mark Strandquist, which has been temporarily postponed, here is an article from The Marshall Project  looking at the growing race gap in the juvenile criminal justice system. 

From Eli Hager for The Marshall Project: After swelling for decades, the number of Americans in prison is finally, gradually beginning to shrink. For the first time since 1978, populations in both state and federal prisons are getting smaller, the result of an overall decline in crime, an easing of the War on Drugs, and reform efforts on the part of many states. But what about the racial disparity in incarceration? Is it easing, too?

For adults, the answer is yes — slightly. In 2002, black men were 7.6 times more likely than white men to go to prison; as of 2014, that number had dropped to 5.9. Among women, it shrank even more. But when it comes to juvenile incarceration, according to the latest statistics from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the opposite has been true: Despite a precipitous decline in the overall numbers of children in detention, the racial disparity has worsened. 

You can read the full article and others regarding the American juvenile criminal justice here.

Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor, Via Getty Images

Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor, Via Getty Images