No one knew. When 25-year-old guard Keriana Alexcee found the body of Jaquin Thomas hanging in a New Orleans jail cell, she didn't know.
But African-American teens in the county were 20 times more likely than their white peers to be arrested and charged as adults in 2016 and.
They are black youth, they were charged and prosecuted as adults before reaching the age of 18, and their contact with the adult system led.
In 2009, 64 percent of juveniles statewide prosecuted as adults were African Americans, nearly double the 2001 level of 36 percent. Black.
African-American juveniles wind up in adult court — and serving time in number of juveniles who are charged as adults, Germain is black.