Rutherford County, Tennessee Has Been Jailing Black Students for Years Under the Guise of Helping Them "Build Character"

Nashville Public Radio and ProPublica recently unpacked the longstanding history of Rutherford County juvenile judge having Black kids arrested and detained, some for made-up offenses.

Playground fights. Cursing outside of class (or in class). Skipping school. For millions of American schoolchildren, these minor infractions are par for the course of being a kid in school. With the exception of some moments that pose a critical danger for a mass…

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