Apr 7, 2014

The Myth of the "Super Predator"

This NY Times video and article should serve as a stark reminder of how criminal justice policy can go very wrong with terrible consequences. Predictions of "super predator" juveniles in the early 1990s led immediately to a cultural, political and legal firestorm that sucked millions of youth into the justice system. It was based on poor social science that joined up with American's existing racial caste system to further fuel mass incarceration primarily on the back of youth of color.