The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) in partnership with the Center for Children’s Law and Policy will hold their 2nd annual Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile
Justice Certificate Program, from July 28-August 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.
The Program offers leaders in youth-serving systems an opportunity to develop capacity, effectuate change, and sustain and build on system improvements over time. Specifically, this program aims to help jurisdictions reduce the: overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system; disparate treatment of youth of color as compared to white youth within the juvenile justice system; and unnecessary entry and movement deeper into the juvenile justice system for youth of color.
The program included modules on a variety of topics structured around how to reduce disparities at particular decision points where youth of color enter the juvenile justice system. These included: arrest, referral and diversion; the school to prison pipeline; detention; disposition; and post-disposition, re-entry and transfer. The program concluded with a session on leadership and messaging for culture change, and a panel of expert practitioners who shared their experience in implementing reform efforts in their own jurisdictions.