Racial Equity

The mission of the SJRLC Racial Equity subcommittee is to develop a clear and complete action plan to address the disproportionate impact on people of color within our regional criminal justice system as a matter of fairness and integrity.

Next Meeting 3/1/18 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Morning Star Baptist Church.  3909 W. Rowan Ave., Spokane, WA  99205

January 18th and 19th 2018, the Racial Equity Subcommittee brought in Ada Shen-Jaffe funded by the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge Grant, who conducted 3 identical 1.5 hour sessions of Implicit Bias training to over 325 of the City and County justice workers including Judges, Prosecutors, Public Defenders, Corrections officers, Probation officers, Pretrial officers, Police and Sheriff deputies and more.  This introductory training was well received by the trainees and was the 1st of several training efforts this subcommittee is planning in efforts toward reduction of racial and ethnic disparities in the regional criminal justice system. See slideshow below:


  • Chair: Carmen Pacheco-Jones, Community Member
  •  Vice Chair: Francis Adewale, City Public Defenders
  • Mubarek Abdur Raheem, City Prosecutors
  • Bonnie Bush, Juvenile Court
  • Melissa Haney, County Public Defenders
  • Mark Lorenz, County Public Defenders
  • Kurtis Robinson, Community Member


Burns Institute Presentation 7/13/16

Burns Institute RED training 4/14/17

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