The United States imprisons more people, per capita, than any other nation. But the distribution of who’s getting locked up isn’t exactly even, especially for juvenile detention centers. According to the DOJ, black children are five times more likely to be detained or committed than white children. In our own state of Wisconsin, black youth are at least 10 times more likely to be held in placement over white youth. Not only does there seem to be a disparity in the rate of incarceration, but also the means of intervention for how youth can recover from negative behaviors. Joining us in the studio is James Li, UW–Madison Psychology Professor to discuss how an equal amount of research into intervention strategies for black students might help address the issue.
UW News | Black youths less protected from antisocial behaviors than white peers