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Forum to discuss minority imbalance in juvenile justice system

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 20, 2008 at 5:30 am with No Comments »
May 20, 2008 5:30 am

Safe Streets will be hosting a community forum Wednesday night to look the minority imbalance in the juvenile justice system.

The public forum, “Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact through Community Mobilization,” will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the University of Washington Tacoma’s auditorium.

It’s presented by the Regional Gang Prevention Partnership, a group of prevention agencies and law enforcement representatives that are working to reduce gang activity.

According to a Safe Streets press release:

Research indicates that youth of color account for approximately 46% of the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration’s population, which is almost double the proportion of minority youth in Washington State. Safe Streets, the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration and the Department of Social and Health Services plan to partner with the community to explore meaningful ways of addressing this inequity.

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