Young people in California are more likely to bear the brunt of the criminal justice system. Indeed, based on a recent study from the RAND Corporation, Americans under 26 are far more prone to have been arrested than older people. While Black men have long been subject to disproportionate arrest rates, the arrest rates of women and white Americans are growing the most quickly, according to the report.
Arrests are linked to fairly significant negative effects throughout a person's life. For example, convictions can be connected to a lower probability of marriage and lower income over time. In addition, the researchers noted that increased enforcement was a likely cause of this trend. They said that the criminalization of young people is affecting Americans of all races and genders. The study was drawn from data in one study that has gathered information about American families for 50 years. It is considered to be representative of 95 percent of the general populations. During the study period, researchers said that the arrest rate for white males had almost tripled.
While black men were still 10 percent more prone than white men to get arrested before 26, the researchers said that these statistics were converging over time, with an increasing arrest rate for white men. In addition, almost 33 percent of men aged 26 to 35 had been arrested in their youth, around 2.6 times more than men aged 66 or higher. In addition, a full 60 percent of men aged 26 to 35 with less than a high school education had been arrested by age 26.
An arrest and especially a conviction can change a person's life substantially, leading to limited opportunities for education, housing and jobs as well as a criminal record. A criminal defense lawyer can help a defendant fight back and work to avoid a conviction.