Category: Racial Disparities

Oct 29

Black Girls, Who Often Have History of Trauma, Are 11 Times More Likely to Encounter Justice System

WESA By An-Li Herring Black girls in the Pittsburgh region are 11 times more likely than white girls to have contact with the juvenile justice system, according to a 2016 study, Inequities Affecting Black Girls in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Nationally, the study notes, black girls are sent to juvenile justice three times as often as …

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Oct 03

Opinion: Maine Voices—Blaming Police for Failures of Mental Health System Is Misplaced

Portland Press Herald By Michael DuBose A recent Maine Voices column criticized police use of force in calls involving minorities afflicted with mental illness. However, assigning sole blame to the police for tragic outcomes gives an unearned pass to the more fundamental cause: the failure of our current mental health system to adequately treat and care …

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Sep 25

Olympia’s New Discipline Plans Say Schools Must Be Fairer and Work with Parents

The Seattle Times By Claudia Rowe For the first time, education leaders in Olympia are officially stating that school discipline must be “culturally responsive” and families and communities must be part of efforts to address student misbehavior. In a series of proposed new policies to make school discipline fairer, the state’s education department has spelled out several …

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Jun 22

Apply Now: Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University is hosting its fifth Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Certificate Program, in partnership with the Center for Children’s Law and Policy. The program seeks to help jurisdictions reduce over-representation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system using a data-driven and research-based approach. Curriculum modules will …

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May 18

Register for Webinar: Racial and Ethnic Disparities—Communities in Action

Hosted by the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) During this webinar, attendees will learn about CCLP’s work with states and localities to implement data-driven reforms that achieve measurable reductions in racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. Attendees will hear from communities that have participated in this work, and from jurisdictions …

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Mar 20

California Lawmakers Unveil a List of Bills Meant to Keep Children out of the Juvenile Justice System

Los Angeles Times By Jazmine Ulloa California lawmakers on Monday said they have filed a package of bills in an attempt to divert children from a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects low-income and black and Latino families. Sens. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) have introduced eight proposals that would extend protections for …

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