Louisiana’s Flawed Juvenile Justice System

December 7, 2015 | by Lex Talamo | The Shreveport Times

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Hundreds of children are locked up in adult prisons and jails in Louisiana.This article—which cites NCCD’s report And Justice for Some, about the differential treatment of youth of color in the US juvenile justice system—describ

Hundreds of children are locked up in adult prisons and jails in Louisiana.This article—which cites NCCD’s report And Justice for Some, about the differential treatment of youth of color in the US juvenile justice system—describes the harsh living conditions for youth in adult facilities and the disproportionate number of youth of color who are sent there, rather than to juvenile facilities. Louisiana allows for juveniles as young as 14 to be transferred into adult courts and facilities; once there, these facilities provide little to no programming specifically for youth. These youth programs are considered “necessary for developing positive mindsets and valuable life skills that reduce the risk of juveniles re-offending and re-entering the prison system,” and their unavailability in adult facilities disproportionately affects youth of color. Read the entire article here. To learn more about NCCD’s work in juvenile justice, click here