Kristin Henning is a Georgetown Law Professor and a former public defender in DC. In her book, Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth, she discusses how what is ordinary adolescent behavior gets criminalized in the criminal justice system and ends up locking Black youth into cycles of incarceration.
She brings vivid case studies and data to bear on her analysis and critique of the system. In one case, a girl gets into a fight with her boyfriend, takes his cell phone and ends up charged with robbery. In another, a 13-year-old boy builds a fake Molotov cocktail and ends up with a nine-month ordeal in the criminal system.
Listen as Kristin Henning talks about some of the youth she worked with and how ordinary behavior on the part of Black youth turns into an encounter with the criminal legal system.
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