Why Do Teens Go To Prison?

CCSU is holding a conference on the facts behind prison sentences

Do race and location help determine a teen's path in life? That's one of the questions community leaders will be asking at a daylong conference Wednesday at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.
The state Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System commissioned a study that says criminal history, more than race, plays a role in how long a juvenile will be sentenced to prison.
The study also states that children who live in cities get longer sentences than those in the suburbs.
Leaders point out, however, it's urban African American males under age 16 that tend to have the most prior court cases. These issues will be discussed at the all-day conference at Welte Auditorium, starting at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

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