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Graph shows that black youth are increasingly likely to receive juvenile life without parole sentences compared to their white peers even accounting for arrest rates.

Data Source: Calculated from data collected in Appendix B of ‘Juvenile Life Without Parole in Law and Practice: Chronicling the Rapid Change Underway’ (Mills, Dorn, Mritz, 2016). (Graph: Joshua Aiken, 2016)

This graph originally appeared in Why do we lock juveniles up for life and throw away the key? Race plays a big part.

The Philips Black Project data controls for differences in policing practices to identify increasingly racially disparate outcomes that originate with prosecutors and the courts.

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