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CJJ 2019 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference Workshop Proposal


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A Time for Change: Combating Racial and Ethnic Disparities through Inclusion, Equity, and Respect

Conference Dates – November, 20-21, 2019

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
7200 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

CJJ is committed to bringing together juvenile justice leaders from across the country on an annual basis to identify ways to address and end racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. These conferences give juvenile justice stakeholders from around the country an opportunity to share strategies and explore solutions to this serious problem. This year’s conference will bring together stakeholders working to fight disparities at the local, state, and national levels, as well as the larger juvenile justice community.

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CJJ’s 2019 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference will focus on ways that young people and their communities, as well as law enforcement, court officials, advocacy groups, and State Advisory Groups can work together to combat racial and ethnic disparities. Specifically, the conference will focus on:

  • What changes can be made at the system’s front end to reduce racial and ethnic disparities?
  • How can youth advocates, law enforcement, attorneys, the judiciary, and community leaders
  • work together to combat the crisis?
  • What role does data collection play in eliminating racial and ethnic disparities, and how can collection be improved?
  • How are communities taking action to reduce racial and ethnic disparities?
  • How do we shift our focus and work from Disproportionate Minority Contact to Racial and Ethnic Disparities?

The primary goal of CJJ’s 2019 National Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference is to help system stakeholders--including policymakers and state Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coordinators--combat racial and ethnic disparities through peer-to-peer learning, and expert training. Workshop sessions will provide participants a hands-on opportunity to explore solutions that have been shown to work in other jurisdictions.