The race gap in juvenile justice

While the total number of young people being sentenced to jail has been declining for the past couple of decades, the gap between black and white youths being jailed has been climbing. Black juveniles are much more likely to be incarcerated than their white counterparts. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, a division of the Justice Department, has been working to address the discrepancy — but that has changed in the Trump administration. The Marshall Project has more on how and why the agency’s mission to protect against racial disparity among juveniles charged with crimes has been grinding to a halt.