Thursday, June 12, 2008

Michigan criminal JustUs system fails youth and minorities

From here

Detroit News story on how bad the Michigan Criminal JustUs (Justice) system is failing minorities.

"Michigan youth are arrested for violent crimes less often, but locked up more frequently than kids in other states"

"minority youths locked up at triple the rate of their white counterparts"

"Among the measures that worsened for Michigan children between 2000-06 were the percentage of low birth weight babies and children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment.

Child poverty also increased across the nation but in Michigan, the rate was five times higher than the rest of the nation."

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