Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED): 2017 Statewide Success Statistics

The Center for Children’s Advocacy’s Racial Justice Project spearheads its juvenile justice policy work through four Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) committees in Connecticut cities which historically have been the largest feeders into the juvenile justice system.

The RED model creates a diverse roundtable of individuals who are key decision makers in the lives of youth in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury. Members include juvenile probation supervisors, DCF regional administrators, Juvenile Review Board directors, judges, police, school officials, city and municipal staff, and key community-based program representatives, among others.

The overall goals of the RED committees is to reduce the over-representation of youth of color at key decision making points throughout the juvenile justice and educational systems, reduce the disparate treatment of youth of color at these decision points, and prevent youth of color from unnecessarily entering and moving through the juvenile justice system and school-to-prison pipeline.

Each committee engages in the effective examination of data at each decision point, disaggregated by race/ethnicity, gender and age, identifies areas of disparity and plans strategic interventions, including local and national best practices, to implement change.

The committees have been in place in Hartford and Bridgeport since 2011, New Haven since 2013 and Waterbury since 2015 and have seen significant decreases in school based arrest, referrals to court and secure detention admissions in each of these cities.

 

Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Connecticut
Success Statistics – 2017

 

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