Study: minorities treated more harshly in Calif. juvenile court

February 03, 2000
Minority juvenile offenders in California are much more likely to be transferred to adult courts and sentenced to prison than are whites who commit similar crimes, a study released yesterday shows.
    The report adds to a growing body of work pointing up troubling racial disparities in the nation's criminal justice system that advocates say seem to be widening as the nation's incarceration rate continues to grow.
    The study, completed by the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a criminal justice research group, found that minority youth, particularly Latinos and African Americans, are treated more harshly than whites at each stage of the criminal justice process.