New program aims to combat racial inequities in youth crime
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Several agencies in Dane County are teaming up on a pilot program aimed at balancing racial inequities among young offenders in the criminal justice system.
The program involves the use of restorative justice programs for children and teens who commit minor infractions. Young people ages 12 to 16 who receive tickets for city of Madison municipal ordinance violations will be diverted into a restorative court program.
Madison police issue about 70 citations per month to people between the ages of 12 and 16. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that about 75 percent of those people are minorities.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says municipal citations usually stem from offenses such as disorderly conduct and property damage.