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In Northern California, 11 counties are considering whether to form their own regional agency to incarcerate violent juvenile offenders.
The CYA's population has dropped nearly 50 percent since 1995 as more counties incarcerate violent juvenile offenders locally, Ludeman said.
Mark Mauer of the Sentencing Project notes in The Race to Incarcerate (New Press, 1999) that African American defendants are three to four times as likely to get the death penalty, while Tonry reports that blacks charged with a broad range of offenses are more likely to be convicted than whites and that black convicts generally serve longer sentences than their white counterparts.