I could have turned this brief into a much longer piece just relying on the excellent research of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, but the report itself is gripping reading, and it can't be done justice (no pun intended) in any kind of article. Others have tried at greater length than I did, but like me they really only scratch the surface.
Don't miss this report. I believe our site is the only place it can be found on the Net (JJPL gave us permission to post it, though we're not sure why they haven't). Its contents may not surprise you any more than they surprised me, but the report will stun you nonetheless, and it willl definitely sicken you.
The most impressive part is that the report proposes systemic solutions, and it doesn't just tie problems to one person or administration but recognizes them as deeply rooted and institutional. Not exactly radical in this instance, but very refreshing, if you take into consideration how many think-tank reports we read that offer the weakest conceivable liberal analysis.