Prosecutors Demand Black Minors Be Tried As Adults More Than White Youth
A newly released reports that New Jersey prosecutors often request Black and brown minors be tried as adults more than white tees. Atlanta Black Star reports the study revealed that approximately 93% of the teens prosecuted as adults in New Jersey in 2011 were either Black or Latino.
An analysis conducted by WNYC Radio found that the majority of prosecutors’ requests for juveniles to be tried as adults were made for African-American teens. In addition, the study revealed that roughly 93 percent of the teens prosecuted as adults in New Jersey in 2011 were either Black or Latino.
Data obtained by WNYC showed that approximately 692 minors in New Jersey were tried as adults in the past five years — the youngest being just 14 years old. Not all of them were indicted or sent to prison, but WYNC found that almost 152 inmates were still stuck behind bars for crimes they committed when they were juveniles. About 20 percent of them are currently serving sentences of 10 years or more.
Director od Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic at Rutgers Law School, Laura Cohen, adds that Black youth and white youth often commit the same crimes but prosecutors usually punish minorities harsher than white juveniles. Are you really surprised?
Read the entire study HERE.