Addressing Justice System Inequities Head-On

JMI’s Tom Eberly and three members of the National Network of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils (NNCJCC) conducted a webinar on navigating how to facilitate difficult discussions, specifically on racial inequities in the justice system. Hosted by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the webinar featured Kristy Danford, Project Director for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in Charleston County, South Carolina; Michael Daniels, Director of Justice Policies and Programs in Franklin County, Ohio; and Tiffany Iheanacho, Justice Services Director in Buncombe County, North Carolina.Leaders of local criminal justice initiatives often need to facilitate sensitive conversations when evidence points to disparities in the system. Disparate outcomes can take many different forms, such as longer jail stays for people with serious mental illnesses or disproportionate numbers of people of color being booked into jail. Elevating these topics as priorities and guiding system stakeholders toward meaningful action may feel uncomfortable, challenging, and stressful for the people driving the conversation. During this webinar, a panel of county justice system directors shared their approach for championing change when systemic disparities demand a new path forward.The webinar highlighted the efforts in each of the three counties and the critical role that CJCCs and criminal justice coordinators serve in guiding and supporting those conversations.The recorded webinar can be found here: https://csgjusticecenter.org/events/addressing-justice-system-inequities-head-on/

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