I received this in my in-box earlier this week and want to share it with those of you interested in or working on the issues of racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice.  The Burns Institute out of San Francisco, just released the first-ever “Juvenile Justice Racial and Ethnic Disparities Data Map” which can be accessed at their website.  With a few clicks on the map, anyone can view the following information, where available, in any of the 50 states:

·   One-Day Count Incarceration Data: Publicly available counts and rates of youth in juvenile residential placement facilities on any given day by State, collected every two years from 1997-2006. The Burns Institute has displayed the information by the race/ethnicity of the juveniles.

·   Annual Juvenile Justice System Data by Decision-Making Point: The rate of involvement of youth in the juvenile justice system by decision-making point (arrest, court referral, secure detention, transfer, etc), where available, at the State and County levels.

·   Other Information Including: 1) Each State’s Three Year Plan for reducing disproportionate minority contact (DMC); 2) Contact information for each State’s Juvenile Justice Specialist and State DMC Coordinator; 3) States’ statutory guidelines for detention and age of juvenile jurisdiction; 4) Information about each State Advisory Group (SAG).

I hope you find this information as interesting as I did and valuable in your work.

Julia Neighbors, Project Manager