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Racial Disparities and Juvenile Justice

Friday, January 5, 2007 at 9:00 am
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More black youths end up in juvenile court than white youths. Do they commit more crimes or are they treated differently because of race? Fewer minority youths end up in community-based programs. In Cuyahoga County, 80% of the youth sentenced to the Department of Youth Services are black. A new report from the Children's Defense Fund calls for statewide reform to reverse the cradle to prison trend. Is the problem with the police who choose who gets arrested or with judges who sentence minority youth to juvenile prisons? Some blame poverty and missing dads. We'll discuss racial disparities and juvenile justice Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas. We'll also talk with Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh about the continuing problem of repeat DUI offenders.


Juvenile Justice - Judge Peter Sikora, Cuyahoga Co. Juvenile court; Mike Walker, Partnership for a Safer Cleveland; Barbara Turpin, Children's Defense Fund policy advocate. DUI Laws - Sherri Bevan Walsh, Summit Co. Prosecutor.