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OJJDP Administrator Ryan's New Blog Discusses Scottsboro Boys Legacy

Blog By OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan (April 2023)

In a new blog post, OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan discusses her recent visit to the reopening of the Scottsboro Boys Museum in Scottsboro, Alabama. The museum honors the lives and legacy of the Scottsboro Boys, nine African American teenagers who were falsely accused and imprisoned for rape in 1931. 

Administrator Ryan delivered remarks at an event held at the museum commemorating the 92nd anniversary of the imprisonment, emphasizing the need for racial equity in the juvenile justice system.

"Our work will not be complete until every youth receives equitable treatment in every phase of the justice system," Ryan writes. "We cannot rest until the color of a young person's skin no longer colors the outcome of their case." 

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  • Read more about OJJDP Administrator Ryan's remarks at the Scottsboro Boys Museum in OJJDP News @ a Glance, March/April 2023. 
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Date Published: May 4, 2023