Black girls arrested at 14 times the rate of white girls in school-related matters

The ACLU reported in a recent study that Allegheny County public school-related arrest rates matched national trends, but Black students and students with disabilities had disproportionally higher arrests.

Summary By: Natalie Mattson
Summary By: Natalie Mattson

The Study's Critical Points

  • 1 out of every 51 Black boys enrolled in schools was arrested, compared with 1 out of every 316 white boys.
  • 1 out of every 69 Black girls enrolled in schools was arrested, compared with 1 out of every 894 white girls.
  • Black girls were arrested 14 times more than the rate of white girls in school-related matters.
  • Students with disabilities were arrested almost three times as much as students without.

Black boys with a disability were arrested at 5.7 times the rate of white boys with a disability, while Black girls with a disability were arrested at 8.2 times the rate of white girls

VISUAL Breakdown

Above: A graphic depicting the disparity in arrests between Black and white students.