The United States has the highest rate of incarcerated juveniles verses other nations. According to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, about 70,000 juvenile criminal offenders live in detention facilities and about 68 percent are racial minorities.
For every 100,000 African American juveniles in the United States, 521 are in a residential facility, compared with a 112 among white youth, according to 2011 DOJ statistics. Approximately 60 percent of people serving life without parole for crimes committed in their youth in the United States are African American.
According to the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ), the arrest rate among African American youth ages 10-17, is nearly twice the rate of their white peers. Young African Americans are 1.4 times more likely to be detained among all racial groups. In addition, African American students are far more likely than their white peers to be suspended, expelled, or arrested.
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