Implicit Bias

We believe implicit bias is responsible for many of the persistent racial disparities in the juvenile justice system and can explain some of the persistent racial disparities in the systems that feed into the juvenile justice system. NCYL is working to address how implicit bias affects decision-making in the school-to-prison-pipeline and the juvenile justice system. Our goal is to develop effective strategies that can be used by juvenile justice and educational professionals to reduce racial disparities.

Current Cases

Alicia B. V. Dannel Malloy

December 16, 2015
This Superior Court lawsuit contends that the sub-standard alternative education offered to expelled children, who are disproportionately students of color, violates equal protection guarantees of both the state and U.S. Constitutions.…

Antioch Unified School District Settlement

March 27, 2015
This agreement addresses the District’s failure to identify, evaluate and provide special education services and supports to African American students with disabilities, and the exclusion of African American students through excessive suspension and expulsion, and other forms of exclusionary discipline that unnecessarily deny students access

Loleta Schools Civil Rights Complaint

February 11, 2015
This civil rights complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education on December 18, 2013 alleges continuing racial discrimination by employees the Loleta Union School District including disparate treatment and harassment of Native American Students. NCYL filed the case with the ACLU of Northern California…

Jessica K. v. Eureka City School District

November 14, 2014
This federal civil rights lawsuit charges top officials in the Eureka City Schools District with allowing pervasive racial and sexual harassment to persist unchallenged in the city’s schools.  NCYL filed this lawsuit with the ACLU of Northern California.…

Latest News

Of Bikers and Thugs

May 21, 2015
On Sunday, there was a deadly biker gang fight and massacre in Waco, Tex. Nine people were killed, and 18 others were injured. “About 170 bikers were charged with engaging in organized crime linked to capital murder,” The New York Times reported.…

Antioch Unified School District agrees to review disciplinary practices

March 26, 2015
ANTIOCH — Following threats of a lawsuit over disparities in the way students with disabilities and students of color are disciplined, the Antioch Unified School District has agreed to allow a third-party review its disciplinary practices and special education program.…

ECS board looking at campus climate survey agreement

March 11, 2015
After settling a discrimination lawsuit, Eureka City Schools is set to take the first step in obtaining its post-lawsuit “report card” today at the regular meeting of its Board of Education.…