Equity & Fairness

The notion of fairness and equity can cross multiple domains, including racial/ethnic diversity, gender and gender identity, special needs, socio-economic status, and other factors that often can lead to inadequate and unequitable responses within the juvenile justice system. "Racial-ethnic fairness" refers to treating all youth in the justice system equitably and fairly, regardless of their skin color or ethnic background. Many stakeholders and reformers are working to address the racial and ethnic inequities pervading the system in order to ensure that our juvenile justice systems treat all youth fairly.