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Community Conversation: Racial Disparity in the Juvenile Justice System

When you look at which kids wind up inside our juvenile justice system you find some startling statistics. For example: African-Americans make up 18 percent of Illinois' youth population, but they represent over half of Illinois kids who are locked up.

As part of our series, Inside and Out¸ we heard two reports last week on the long-standing problem known as Disproportionate Minority Contact. Then last Tuesday night, we gathered 200 some community members into a building on Chicago's South Side - to talk about the issue.

WBEZ's Steve Edwards moderated the open forum at The Experimental Station while Richard Steele and Alison Cuddy worked the crowd. We share excerpts from this community conversation.

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