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Resource ID: #17310
Subject: Drugs
Source: Chicago Reporter
Date: May



A Chicago Reporter investigation examines race as a factor in juvenile drug cases and draws the conclusion that "the law is not applied equitably." The story focuses on a provision of the Illinois Juvenile Court Act, which "automatically transfers to adult court 15- and 16-year-olds charged with selling drugs within the so-called "safe zones 1,000 feet of a school or public housing development." Among the major findings is the fact that 99 percent of the teens charged as adults are African American or Latino, though statistics show that "nationwide, illicit drug use is slightly higher among white teenagers than Blacks or Latino." The reporter points examples of white teenagers who have never been charged with dealing or possessing drugs, even though they have been sellers and users.

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