Dear Kavanaugh Defenders: Time Doesn’t Erase Youthful Crimes, Especially for People of Color

 

By Eileen M. Ahlin | (The Conversation) | – The accusation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, made by California professor Christine Blasey Ford, has been met with a variety of responses.

Among those responses has been the idea that what happens when someone is young should not be held against them, especially if they’ve led a commendable life ever since.

My research and that of others on criminal justice shows that, in fact, that’s not the way the system treats offenses committed by minors, especially if they are a person of color. Their crimes often haunt them for the rest of their lives.

via Dear Kavanaugh Defenders: Time Doesn’t Erase Youthful Crimes, Especially for People of Color