The Color of Justice
Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
April 17, 2013
From Connecticut Public Broadcasting:
There’s a disturbing fact about the juvenile justice system in Connecticut and indeed across the country: the majority of juveniles confined there are youth of color. Though nationwide surveys show that young people of all races commit the same crimes with the same frequency (such as drinking alcohol, carrying weapons, using marijuana or being in a physical fight), children of color are more likely to be arrested, referred to court, and held longer in detention.
The Color of Justice – premiering Tuesday, April 16 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television with encore broadcasts that same evening at 11 p.m. and on Sunday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. –is a new CPTV original documentary that examines the reasons behind this apparent racial bias and the efforts being made to repair the problem decision points in Connecticut’s system. The one-hour documentary interviews local judicial personnel, law enforcement, service providers, children’s advocates (including Center for Children’s Advocacy executive director Martha Stone), parents and kids to understand the issue from all perspectives and reveal where reforms can be made.