Delinquent:  How the American Juvenile Justice System is Failing Black Children

Delinquent:  How the American Juvenile Justice System is Failing Black Children

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Black children are more than twice as likely as white children to be arrested.  Black children are five times more likely than white children to be detained or committed to youth jails.  These statistics are shocking because black children only make up 16% of the total number of children in this country.  Why is the American Juvenile Court failing Black children?

Daphne Robinson was a prosecutor for more than 20 years in the juvenile justice system. She has had an up close view of a system that is built on institutional and systemic racism.  In the book, Delinquent:  How the American Juvenile Justice System is Failing Black Children, Daphne Robinson reviews the history of the juvenile justice system and argues that it was founded upon white supremacy and systemic racism.  Professor Robinson argues that in order to overcome the racialized history of the juvenile justice system, policymakers should apply public health strategies that focus on data, trauma, and implicit bias training.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daphne Robinson is a native of Greenville, Mississippi, a town in the Mississippi Delta, and currently resides in Shreveport, Louisiana.  She is a graduate of Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi and the American University Washington of Law in Washington, D.C. In 2016, she received her Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Prevention Sciences from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia.

Daphne is a licensed attorney, and has served as a prosecutor in family court for more than 25 years in three different jurisdictions in Louisiana.  She has also served as the Maternal Child Health Special Projects Coordinator at the Louisiana Bureau of Family Health and a professor of public health at the University of Houston Law Center Health Law & Policy Institute in Houston, Texas.  She is the author of the book, ‘Delinquent:  How the American Juvenile Justice System is Failing Black Children.”