Institute Associate Counsel Andrea McChristian writes about the racial disparities in NJ's youth prisons for NJ Spotlight:
As a black woman, former teacher, and civil rights attorney, I find the racial disparities in our state’s juvenile justice system, and the policies that underlie them, heartbreaking and unacceptable.
As we outline in our recent report,, these stark racial disparities reflect racially discriminatory policy decisions and practices that determine which kids get diverted and which get sentenced to youth prison. These racialized policies, in a material way, are modern day vestiges of American slavery, the convict leasing era that followed, and the more recent reference to “super-predators,” each of which have undermined the right of black youth to be viewed as and treated as children.
To read the full OpEd, please click here.