LGBTQ Youth and the Juvenile-Justice System
Nationally, 85% of LGBTQ youth in juvenile justice facilities are youth of color. And, of all girls in the criminal justice system, 40% are LGBTQ.
We don’t have any local data. We just don’t know what this looks like in Ohio––and without open data, we can’t advocate smartly for the most impactful change. Equality Ohio is starting a pilot project with youth services and some select county juvenile courts to collect demographics on the young people entering the juvenile justice system. Ultimately, we want to figure out how the system is impacting youth at every step, and what results in LGBTQ youth (and LGBTQ youth of color in particular) being overrepresented in such a dramatic fashion.