Racial Disparities in Juvenile Justice

The interfaith group ISAIAH will push for reform of the juvenile justice system with a particular focus on racial disparities.

Assignment: Attend the Thursday press conference and file a report for the Morning Blend on Friday or the following Monday.

Event: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Contact: Ginny Gleason; ggleason@isaiahmn.org; 651-747-6164

African American Faith Community to Announce Campaign to
Repair Juvenile Justice System

On Thursday, February 5, leaders from African American and ISAIAH faith communities and supporters of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives (JDAI), a program of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will hold a press conference in Room 181 of the State Office Building to announce their plans to push for an end to racial disparities in Minnesota’s juvenile justice system. The group aims to create a fair and objective system that eliminates current disparate juvenile justice treatment for children of color and prevents the over-incarceration of youth.

WHAT: Press conference to demand an end to racial disparities in our state’s juvenile justice system.

WHEN: THURSDAY, February 5, 2015, 9:15 AM

WHERE: Room 181, Minnesota State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Saint Paul

WHO: Rev. Ovester Armstrong Jr., Macedonia Baptist Church, Minneapolis
Demetria Carter, Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Minneapolis
Brian Smith, Institute on Culture and Policy
De’Arreon Robinson, Appetite for Change/Youthprise
40 faith leaders and community members

WHY: While the overall number of juvenile offenders being imprisoned in Minnesota has hit record lows, a disproportionate number of young African American, Native American, and Latino American people are put behind bars. In fact, youth of color are three times more likely to be arrested for a delinquency offense. We will discuss several policies that will help curtail this problem, most notably JDAI, which seeks $5 million dollars to support efforts to reduce the gap.

ISAIAH is a faith-based community organization of 100 congregations in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud regions working for racial and economic justice. ISAIAH seeks to create healthy communities by transforming the policies that are creating concentrated poverty and racial disparities in areas such as affordable housing, tax base sharing, education funding, transportation, sprawl, and economic revitalization. ISAIAH is multi-racial, anti-racist, interfaith, grassroots, and non-partisan.


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