Report: Black youth more likely to be locked up

April 26, 2000
A black youth is six times more likely to be locked up than a white peer, even when charged with a similar crime and when neither has a record, says a new civil rights report contending that racial bias exists at every step of the juvenile justice process.
     Many policies and practices have led to a "cumulative disadvantage" for black and Hispanic youths, civil rights leaders and youth advocates said yesterday as they released the report by the Youth Law Center. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency did the research.
     Minority youths are more likely than white youths who commit comparable crimes to be referred to juvenile court, be detained, face trial as adults, and be jailed with adults, the report said.