Scott County youth protest plans for larger juvenile detention center | Politics and elections

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While recognizing the county’s need to replace its outdated youth detention, Avery Pearl with QC Community Advocacy Network, contends a 40-bed facility is unneeded. Pearl and other critics argue youth incarceration numbers have dropped from a spike in 2019, thanks in part to the success of diversion programs.

‘Adding fuel to this forest fire’

Building and operating an over-sized detention facility will only fuel the existing disproportionate incarceration of young people of color and high number of Scott County youth waived to adult court, said Davenport North High School graduate Alleena Blackwell, 18.

For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, 70% of youth detained were Black, according to the detention center’s most recent annual report. 

“Black kids are not inherently more violent, they are not inherently more delinquent, they are not inherently bigger risk takers,” Marcy Mistrett, director of youth justice at The Sentencing Project, said at a…

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