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Mapping Juvenile Justice

January 25, 2013 09:31:08 am
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A new mapping project demonstrates overlaps between New York City communities with the highest percentage of youth, the lowest household incomes, rates of foster care placement and adults without high school diplomas.

The maps, which were created by the non-profit Children’s Defense Fund, reveal “disproportionately high rates of parents (particularly parenting-age men) being removed from their communities and sent to prison for short periods of time; while at the same time, others are returning from prison to those same communities at similarly disproportionate levels.”

The study also found overlaps between communities with high rates of juvenile detention and “disconnected youth.”

The Children’s Defense Fund is planning a follow-up report with recommendations based on the mapping project.

See the maps here

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