It’s a split-second decision.

While browsing the aisles, a kid slips something into her pocket. Or, after school, he throws a punch without thinking about what comes after.

But what’s coming are life-altering consequences.

Whether it’s a juvenile misdemeanor or offense, students have to face the reality that part of — or even the remainder — their youth will be under community supervision. 

That’s a reality a disproportionate amount of Black students face every day as they’re funneled into the carceral system 

With probation nipping at the heels of Black children, are the sentences being doled out as effective as the juvenile justice system claims them to be? According to a new Pew Charitable Trust study, the answer is no. 

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Aziah Siid

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