Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Racial Disparities Remain but St. Louis County Family Court Claims Progress

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Racial Disparities Remain but St. Louis County Family Court Claims Progress

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY - Black youths are still more likely than whites to be referred or detained by the St. Louis County Family Court but officials say they are making progress addressing racial disparities.

A St. Louis County Family Court analysis of 2017 data said black youth accounted for nearly two-thirds of referrals to the juvenile courts, a statistic the report said was "remarkable," considering black teens comprise only one-third of the population of those ages 10 through 17. Black youths were 3.7 times more likely to be referred to juvenile court than whites, and more than 2½ times more likely to be detained.

In a press release, court officials said the disparity "stems from the fact that more black youth than white youth are being referred to the court by police and school districts throughout the county. …

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