Racial Equity Committee

 The mission of the SRLJC Racial Equity committee 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.

Members:


  • Chair: Carmen Pacheco-Jones - Community Member
  •  Vice Chair: Francis Adewale - City Public Defenders Office
  • Mubarek Abdur Raheem - City Prosecutors Office
  • Melissa Haney - County Public Defenders Office
  • Mark Lorenz - County Public Defenders Office
  • Kurtis Robinson - NAACP, Community Member
  • Rick Matters - Community Member
  • Curtis Hampton - Community Member
  • Em Daniels - Spokane Community College, Re-entry.
  • Angelique Tomeo-Sam - Community Member

Regular Meetings:


   1st Thursday of each month 
  • These meetings are open to the public.
  • View the SRLJC Calendar for specific time and location.

Agendas & Minutes:


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agenda (PDF) | View All Agendas and Minutes
 

Community Outreach:

The Racial Equity Committee holds evening community meetings once a quarter. Be sure to check the SRLJC Calendar for specific dates and locations.

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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 committee members and a representative from the H.W. Burns institute. We have community outreach meetings on the first Thursday of each Quarter.  See the SLRJC Calendar.

Training:

Some of the recent trainings the SRLJC Racial Equity committee have been able to recommend and sponsor are shown below. These efforts have been a part of the plans of the RE committee and thanks to the funding of the MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge grant, we were pleased to bring in some excellent evidence-based training and trainers.  

Implicit Bias and Social Cognition "Train the Trainer" workshops November 2018:

(above) Over 20 city and county employees as well as community members attended an al-day workshop to learn how to train others on Racial Equity.

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GARE Racial Equity Toolkit Training 4/26/18:

(above) 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

Implicit Bias Training January 2018:

(above) January 18th and 19th 2018, the Racial Equity committee 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.