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Policy Platform: Creating Meaningful Change in the Relationship between Law Enforcement and Youth of Color

National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN)


Every year, National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) members draft and vote on policy platforms that address key issues in youth justice. The platforms are meant to guide and influence the creation of U.S. policy and legislation.

This year, the NJJN produced a new policy platform on enhancing the relationship between law enforcement and youth of color.

Youth of color and their communities have a long-standing history of deeply inequitable treatment by the police in the U.S.  Youth of color are much more likely than white youth to experience police use of force, be the victims of police shootings and to be arrested.

In this policy platform, the NJJN offers recommendations on the following:

Arrest Policies

Data and Accountability

Ending Militarization of Law Enforcement and Schools


Racial Profiling

Standards, Training and Community Engagement

Use of Force

NJJN recommendations include the need to reduce street and school-based arrests for minor offenses and disruptive behavior; remove federal military hardware from U.S. streets; and pass strong federal legislation to end racial profiling.

According to the NJJN, these are not easy fixes, but they are the beginning of what's needed to create safe and child-friendly schools, streets and communities in the U.S.

To access the Policy Platform, click here


North America - United States

Year Language

2017 English

Category Type

Bill Bill


Juvenile, Police, Racism, Reform

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