African American youth are more than five times as likely as white youth to be incarcerated than their white peers, even when charged with similar offenses – and in some states, these systemic racial disparities are even more pronounced: the disparity is a factor of 10 in Connecticut, 15 in Wisconsin, and 30 in New Jersey.
As we celebrate Black History Month, the Youth First team invites you to be among the first to see this powerful new film, “Jim Crow Juvenile Justice.” It shows how modern American youth incarceration grew directly from slavery- and Jim Crow-era institutions. Through interviews with advocates, it reveals the deep racial imbalance in our juvenile justice system and is a reminder of the importance of the work you do every day to close youth prisons, invest in community-based programs, services & opportunities for youth, and advocate for a fairer system.
The short film is dedicated to the nearly 50,000 American youth behind bars. Please let us know what you think of the film at @NoKidsInPrison on Twitter and Facebook, and share this powerful tool with your networks.