Weathersbee: Racial perceptions top reality for juveniles
Four out of every 100 black youths are referred to court versus 1 out of every 100 white youths, Leiber found. Two black youths continued to be detained for every white youth, and black youths were far less likely than white youths to have their cases diverted and leniency.
“A total of five assessment studies have been conducted…for the most part, all five assessment studies show that race continues to explain case outcomes even after taking into consideration relevant legal factors, such as crime severity, crime type, etc.,” Leiber wrote.
“More specific: Being black increases the chances of being detained compared to similar Whites. Being black decreases the chances of receiving a non-judicial outcome compared to similar whites.”