Juvenile Justice (CERD Shadow Report, 2008)

The United States’ Periodic Report to the Committee significantly understates the extent of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system overall, and fails to discuss anywhere in its 300 page report the practice of widespread and well-documented racial and ethnic discrimination in its juvenile justice system, despite well-known racial disparities in the number of youth targeted, adjudicated, sentenced and incarcerated. The Report’s passing mention of juvenile facilities in the context of CRIPA enforcement simply highlights this failure.