Young people of color comprise 38 percent of the youth population, but 72 percent of incarcerated juveniles. Why are Black youths five times more likely to be incarcerated than their white peers, and Hispanic youths twice as likely? And how did a young Black man, age 16 and accused of stealing a backpack, end up in Rikers Prison for three years without being tried or convicted of a crime?
Join the Inclusive Reading Club to read excerpts from "Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison" by Nell Bernstein and articles that detail Kalief Browder's experience in Rikers Prison, his subsequent suicide and the reforms to solitary confinement guidelines for juveniles. Learn how delinquent children need positive relationships with caring adults to succeed in rehabilitation programs, and explore how Browder's experience became symbolic of the breakdown of the criminal justice system in New York City and the reforms of the juvenile justice system that followed.