The Post-Pandemic Juvenile Justice System Could Be More Equitable. Will We Choose That?
The United States is at a crossroads regarding juvenile justice reform, writes Nate Balis in an opinion piece for The Hill. Monthly surveys by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where Balis directs the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, found that fewer youth were being admitted to detention facilities during the first several months of the pandemic. However, fewer youth are being released, and as detention populations rise again, the disproportionality of youth of color in detention is further worsening. As the pandemic forces tightened budgets, Balis says our society has the chance to make better choices regarding the way we spend money on the juvenile justice system. Read the full article here.