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The study also found fault with what it called state inaction on the disproportionate rate that children of color are incarcerated. In 1993, they represented roughly 17 percent of the state’s overall juvenile population, 29 percent of youth arrested, and 57 percent of those in secure facilities. By 2002, youths of color accounted for 23 percent of the juvenile population, 25 percent of those arrested, and 63 percent of those in secure facilities.
“Massachusetts also misuses preadjudication detention, improperly incarcerating children charged with criminal wrongdoing, in violation of state and federal law,” says the report. While state law allows youngsters’ detention after arrest and pretrial if they are unlikely to appear in court or could endanger others, the ACLU found after talking to criminal justice officials that the state “frequently detains juveniles who fall into neither category in highly secure facilities, under jail-like conditions.
The state’s standardized testing, too, comes in for reproach, blasted for contributing to deepened racial disparities in education. Little over half of black and 36 percent of Latino students graduate from high school on time – with the figures for Latinos ranking as the nation’s second lowest.