At every decision-making point in the #CA youth justice system, youth of color face an uphill battle.
More likely than their peers to be sent to institutional placement away from their communities & families, youth of color are being put on a trajectory towards diminished life outcomes in 41 of 58 counties.
High rates of youth re-arrest (74%) and re-conviction (54%) are a reflection of systemic failures exacerbated by the trauma of incarceration, separation from family, lack of effective treatment inside facilities, & insufficient support & opportunity upon release.
It’s imperative that our state & its counties invest in community-based, culturally relevant resources for education & personal growth & curtail the use of institutional placement.
Read the report via W. Haywood Burns Institute.
Alexandra Mallick is the Executive Director of Re:store Justice. Her work in California includes policy and advocacy to advance criminal justice reform. In addition to working on legislation, she works with incarcerated individuals to help change the narrative and shine a light on the power of rehabilitation.