Emblematic of a Larger Problem

21 09 2007

An AP article on the Jena 6 protests yesterday finally speaks to the heart of the problem:

Despite a narrowing of the racial gap in the past decade, the average black juvenile remains far more likely to be arrested and convicted than a white counterpart. But researchers are divided on whether race or other factors, such as poverty, are the driving factor.

Nationally, black youths are significantly more likely to be tried as adults than are whites, according to a January report from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. The same report states that while black youths make up 16 percent of the general adolescent population, they make up 38 percent of the approximately 100,000 being held in local and state detention facilities.

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