Minority Over-Representation in the Juvenile System

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

A task force with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice met Wednesday at the Wakulla Springs Lodge and the team is setting out to draft solutions to a growing problem. They say there are too many minorities in Florida's juvenile system.

The group included state attorneys, law enforcement and government officials from across the state. The Department of Juvenile Justice says they'll look into why black males represent 42 percent of youths in detention.

Rhyna Jefferson is the Disproportionate Minority Contact Task Force Coordinator who says a great deal of work and research has led to the point of forming an actual task force. "Forming the DMC task force and other efforts that are currently in the process in the agency--we want to find out why. Why does such great severity of dis-proportionality exist here in the state of Florida?" said Jefferson.

Randy Nelson, a research and evaluation specialist with the task force said, "Most of it is concentrated in particular communities, so we know where the communities these kids are coming from, but the prevention services aren't getting to those communities."

The task force says it plans to travel the state speaking with communities and those in contact with minority youth to create solutions to the problem.


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  • by honest cop Location: statenville georgia on Feb 13, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    life is laid out for us by the government they know what crimes is going to be the next crime of the century and when it is going to happen. i read about the crack epidement before it even happened in a crimeonology book it said that the blacks will be giving the itaian mob a run for their money for drug terrtoiry.the government is in control of your everyday lives in ways you have no ideal of.
  • by honest cop Location: statenville ga. on Feb 13, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    HOW COME 99 PERSENT OF THE TIME THAT I TURN ON THE NEWS AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY ARE ALWAYS REPORTING ON MURDERS, BANK ROBERYS DRUG DEALING DRIVE BY'S HOLD UPS AND A LOT OF OTHER SENSELESS CRIMES. IT SEEMS THAT IT IS ALWAYS BLACKS.....I REALLY THINK IT IS A CONSPIRCY AGANIST BLACKS. OR EITHER THE NEWS ARE JUST MAKING THIS STUFF UP.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Feb 12, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    hey robert,white don't commit 60% of the murders.Where you get your info?Look it up .50murdersfor every 100000people in the US is by blacks.Only 10 per 100000 people are by whites.Thats 5 times more murders by blacks than whites.You need to get your info right.Where you get 60% by whites from?
  • by ......... Location: .......... on Feb 12, 2009 at 06:07 PM
    Who cares if their in jail..less I have to deal with when I go out into public. Just a little less obnoxious behavior hooping and hollering at women at the malls and a lot less loud music in traffic when I drive to and from work.
  • by Hey Robert on Feb 12, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    So if those "animals" are committing 30-40% of the murders which animals are committing the other 60-70%? AND then why don't you tell me which group has the higher incarceration rate. THAT is what this article is about. Yes, we (society)need to get to the root of the problem, what drives a person to commit these crimes but that a separate issue from what this task force is looking to study. The point is those committing the most crime are not incarcerated at the rate they should be. If our justice system was fair/balanced those incarcerated for a crime would reflect those committing the crime. If Whites are committing 60% of the murders they should represent 60% of the inmate population for murder...they DO NOT! Stop throwing out random numbers and trying to sound impressive and PLEASE stay on the topic. Everyone on here has started talking about the "black problem"...what makes you guys an expert on the "black problem"? Worry about your 60%!
  • by Gregory Location: Adel, GA on Feb 12, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    Enough bickering. The education process begins at home. As a city councilman, I am doing everything I can to educate the youth, along with their parents. I will be giving a class at my Church 28 February. I wonder how many parents will show up.
  • by Tim on Feb 12, 2009 at 03:25 PM
    It's called family. It's a sad reality, but so many black kids grow up without a father figure, have the rap/thug mentality and the attitude that society owes them. They are breaking the law more and as a result being arrested more. Don't break the law and you won't go to jail. Family values and ethical morals go a long way. I see vey youg kids wearing thug clothes, rapping and cursing and I mean little. When you see mothers with gold teeth and can bearly speak legibly you know what these kids are seeing. It's just a life style they are being brought up in. Nothing more, just bad situation just waiting to explode. Until the black community changes thier attitude in family life and moral attitude it's not goingto change. Sounds like they are going to blame police for doing thier job again.
  • by Robert Campbell Location: Pensacola on Feb 12, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    Hey Ironic - I hate to confuse you with mere facts but let's give it a try anyway. Black males under the age of 18 make up approximately 3% of the total US population. For giggles - what percent of the murders do you think this same group is responsible for? I'll save you the headache of researching the database of crime statistics (oh yeah, that's complied by whites too right) and just give you the FACTS - it varies consistently between 35-40% of the murders in this country are committed by these animals. Please spare the civilized world your mind numbing tripe and equally biased drivel as to the causality. A rationalization can never explain the actions of some of the scum that live among us.
  • by Ironic on Feb 12, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    A lot of the comments here talk about minorities blaming white people for their problems and then turn around and blame black people for THEIR problems. You guys are sad! If you really believe that the criminal justice system is not biased against minorities/lower-class members than you are so far removed from reality it's not funny. AND if you knew anything about implementing state/local programs then you would know that there must be research supporting it (thus the Task Force). The only thing evident here is the lack of knowledge and overwhelming amount of prejudice. All of these comments paint whites as the victim/repentant juvenile while automatically assigning the role of "welfare-getting, fatherless, repeat offender" to the blacks. That's some world you live in... feel free to come back to reality.
  • by ? -- ? Location: Tallahassee on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:44 PM
    Is anyone surprised that minorities take up most of the juvenile system, not to mention the jail/prison system? Blacks do most of the crime & they start early. This story should show you that white people are better!
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