Program Might Reduce Minorities in Juvenile Detention

Susan Emery, NWI Times, June 25, 2013

The city’s Advisory Human Relations Council is exploring how to help reduce racial bias within the juvenile justice system.

Tony McDonald, a Porter County juvenile probation officer and coordinator of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, spoke to City Council members at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday at City Hall.

McDonald said Porter County is among eight counties in the state participating in the JDAI, which seeks to improve the juvenile justice system, including decreasing the number of youths in detention centers without compromising public safety.

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One of the goals of the initiative is to reduce the disproportionate number of minority youths who come into contact with the justice system and who serve time at detention centers, he said.

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JDAI studies show whites are more likely to support life-without-parole sentences in cases when black youths are involved and likelier to consider black youths as similar to adults in criminal culpability.

To reduce the unconscious biases that contribute to racial disparities in juvenile justice, Implicit Bias Training has been proposed in Indiana, McDonald said.

Pending funding, the training could start in September, and would be available to people in juvenile services, law enforcement, government, business, education, mental health fields and the faith-based community.

McDonald said since the JDAI began in Porter County three years ago, there have been positive outcomes and a decrease in the number of youths at the detention center.

Today, juveniles who are arrested are not just automatically sent to the center, but are objectively assessed to determine their degree of risk. The JDAI also seeks to speed up the time between arrest and case disposition, and to improve the conditions of confinement, McDonald said.

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  • JDAI studies show whites are more likely to support life-without-parole sentences in cases when black youths are involved and likelier to consider black youths as similar to adults in criminal culpability.

    Maybe it’s because black YOOTS are more likely to commit a crime that justifies a life sentence, and because black YOOTS mature more quickly than white, Asian, Hispanic and Indian YOOTS. Even not counting that, it’s hardly deviant behavior to want to punish the perpetrators of outgroup-on-ingroup violence more harshly than the exact same crime if it’s ingroup-on-ingroup. Human beings are naturally tribal, (unless they’re white kooks, crackpots, cranks, traitors or hard core unrepentant ideologues), and this is a function of tribalism.

    • Considering Valparaiso gets most of its news from Chicago, I think whites in Porter Country know that “youths” is code for blacks aged 12 to 50 terrorizing whites on Michigan Avenue in Chicago and in every city with a black population across this country.

    • Jefferson

      Statistically, Whites on average are more likely than Blacks to favor tough sentences like the death penalty for example, for murderous violent criminals.

      I think the reason why Black support for the death penalty is so low is for racial tribal reasons. They see that their own people are the majority among those who are on death row.

      In their eyes, any Black person who supports the existence of the death penalty is an Uncle Tom or Aunt Jemina.

      Blacks hate the death penalty because they think there are not enough Whites on death row. The death penalty be racist yo.

  • OhWow

    Trying to train blacks to behave as whites is like trying to train monkeys not to want bananas. It’s in their nature to be destructive. All the money or training in the world won’t change genetics.

  • JackKrak

    There are only two “programs that might reduce minorities in juvenile detention” –

    1 – Remove all minorities from the law enforcement district
    2 – Suspend all punishment against lawbreakers
    If you’re not willing to implement either of those, then minorities will always be the majority in any system that uses locked doors and wire fences.

  • anarchyst

    Juvenile facilities are “prep schools” leading to the “University of Corrections”. “Street cred” and (misplaced) “respect” demands that blacks and minorities go to that “finishing school” . . .

  • bubo

    “One of the goals of the initiative is to reduce the disproportionate number of minority youths who come into contact with the justice system and who serve time at detention centers”

    Disproportionate is quickly becoming as misused a word as exists in the English language.

    • Tinfoil A22hat

      Yep, going hand in hand with “disparate impact” “mandating” the need for legislating/regulating “equality of outcomes” and not merely opportunity.

      We are being gutted from within, just slightly less dramatically than it is in Aliens.

  • bigone4u

    Yet another liberal waste of taxpayer dollars that will ultimately accomplish nothing. From LBJ’s Headstart to No Child Left Behind to this nonsense, the assault on the white purse and wallet is never ending. My experience at the university was that government creates the problems so that government can then “solve” them, growing itself in the process. Enough.

    • Nathanwartooth

      I will accomplish putting more criminals back onto the streets.

      In the end the Black community will be the ones that most suffer from this, since most of their crime is intraracial.

    • Sick of it

      The most irritating thing is the fact that teenagers are not children. They know right from wrong, so when they commit a violent crime, they d**n well know what they’re doing!

      • Funruffian

        If a 13 year old is capable of committing a felony of the average adult, then it is only justified that the child shall be treated as such. A criminal.

  • The__Bobster

    McDonald said since the JDAI began in Porter County three years ago, there have been positive outcomes and a decrease in the number of youths at the detention center.
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    Well, just how is this possible?
    ________________

    Today, juveniles who are arrested are not just automatically sent to the center, but are objectively assessed to determine their degree of risk.
    ________

    Ah, now I get it. Criminals are no longer treated like criminals.

    • sbuffalonative

      Also note in the first sentence that it says “a decrease in the number of youth at the detention center”. It doesn’t break down the drop in numbers by race. If the decrease had been largely blacks, they would have made it clear that blacks benefited from the new program.

  • MekongDelta69

    You want to “reduce the disproportionate number of minority youths who come into contact with the justice system and who serve time at detention centers” Mzzzzz. Leftist?

    Get rid of ‘vibrant’ and ‘diverse’ minorities.

    There – Problem solved…

  • Spartacus

    “JDAI studies show whites are more likely to support life-without-parole
    sentences in cases when black youths are involved and likelier to
    consider black youths as similar to adults in criminal culpability. ”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Could it be because they commit more VIOLENT crime than white youths ? Of course not, it’s just racism…

  • Sick of it

    Oh God, does this mean they won’t even sentence them to a ridiculous one or two years for murder now, just because they’re under 18? People under 18 used to be executed for murder!

  • Just what we needed: another (moderated) program.

    I remember this from childhood: “Hey Rockey, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!”

    Again? That trick never works.