The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Changing Course in Youth Detention: Reversing Widening Gaps by Race and Place exposes the large and widening gaps in youth detention by race and place. The report comprises three years of research from the Foundation and tracks the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on juvenile justice systems. Charts and analysis show that, depending on their race and the region and jurisdiction in which they reside, young people in the United States live in different realities when it comes to the odds of being detained. The disproportionate use of detention for Black youth — already distressingly high before the pandemic — has increased substantially. Also, over that three-year period, local and regional differences in the use of detention have increased dramatically, a reminder that most decisions about youth detention are made locally.
Changing Course in Youth Detention: Reversing Widening Gaps by Race and Place