Unlocking Opportunity: New Burns Institute Report Highlights Disparities in California’s Youth Justice System

Unlocking Opportunity: New Burns Institute Report Highlights Disparities in California’s Youth Justice System

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.

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