Group Launches Effort to Reduce Minority Youth Arrests

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative kicked off last week in Memphis. The organization is working with local officials to find ways to reduce the high rate of minority youths arrested and jailed each year. The initiative's management team has completed an assessment analyzing jail data and talking with those who work with troubled youth, including judges, jail and probation staff, law enforcement and school staff. It now will seek to repair what it says is a disconnect between police, school staff and court officials. reports

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