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.
Our 1st Community Outreach meeting was held on March 1st 2018 at the Morningstar Baptist Church. Attendees were able to ask questions and provide feedback to the SRLJC Racial Equity subcommittee members and a representative from the H.W. Burns institute. Our next community outreach meeting will be held June 7th (location to be determined).
On April 26, 2018 representatives from the Government Alliance for Racial Equity (GARE) were brought in to train Criminal Justice system leaders on the implementation of a Racial Equity Toolkit. "Racial equity tools are designed to integrate explicit consideration of racial equity in decisions, including policies, practices, programs, and budgets. It is both a product and a process. Use of a racial equity tool can help to develop strategies and actions that reduce racial inequities and improve success for all groups." From the GARE toolkit. View the Site here: GARE Tools
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.