Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge.

Judge Donna Scott Davenport oversees a juvenile justice system in Rutherford County, Tennessee, with a staggering history of jailing children. She said kids must face consequences, which rarely seem to apply to her or the other adults in charge.

This disturbing investigative piece from ProPublica shows how racism in a Nashville, TN area juvenile court has damaged the lives of thousands of children of color, and it continues today, despite lawsuits, sanctions and exposure. Anyone who doesn’t understand how institutional racism works in courts of law should read this courageous journalism and share it with your networks.

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