Black youth are four times more likely to be detained or committed to juvenile facilities than their white peers, according to the Sentencing Project.
“In Baton Rouge, we have a population that is roughly half and half Black and white. One might expect maybe disparate impact on the population maybe you would have 75 percent who are Black. It generally hovers around 95 percent,” said Jack Harrison, director of the Juvenile Defense Clinic at LSU Law Center. “The racial disparity in our area is profound.”
Harrison blames law enforcement for the racial disparity.