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Throughout 2018, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, fought tirelessly for passage of the landmark Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act in order to reduce and reform juvenile incarceration across the nation. It was perhaps his finest hour in the United States Senate because his advocacy reflected three critical, if unpopular, facts few others were willing to acknowledge.

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Iowa’s Black youth detention rate in 2019 was 721 per 100,000 children aged 10-17, more than twice the national rate of 315 per 100,000.

The financial pressure it will create to jail, rather than actually rehabilitate, even more children is troubling. But even more disturbing is the realization that it will continue to be primarily children of color who will fill those cells…

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