KyCIR Amplify: Demontrea and Amari, Louisville Teenagers Who’ve Been Locked Up

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Three of every four youth locked up in Louisville’s detention centers are black.

An investigation by KyCIR’s Kate Howard found that black youth have been overwhelmingly left behind by reforms to keep fewer kids out of jail.

Demontrea Broach and Amari Crain, both black teenagers living in the Louisville area, spoke with Howard about the lasting effects of time spent in juvenile detention centers.

Listen to their stories in the sound player above, and read the whole investigation here.

Contact Kate Howard at or (502) 814.6546. 

Our investigations seek to protect society’s most vulnerable citizens, expose wrongdoing and increase transparency. Amplify brings you the voices of the Kentuckians who feel the effects of the failures we reveal and secrets we expose. Hear more.

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