While youth incarceration rates have declined, the Sentencing Project reports that the disparity at which black and white youth are held in juvenile facilities has increased. According to data released from DOJ for 2001-2015, the disparity between black and white youth in custody increased 22%. Nationally, the incarceration rates for all youth was 152 per 100,000; black youth 433 per 100,000; white youth 86 per 100,000. Moreover, racial disparities grew in 37 states and decreased in 13 states.
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