The Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority is currently undertaking a statewide assessment on the extent to which minority youth are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system. A series of public meetings will be held across the state so that members of the public can have the opportunity to listen to the preliminary results and provide community feedback on these issues.
The goal of the state assessment is to identify the factors that contribute to disparate contact and/or outcomes so that Kansas's juvenile justice system can design appropriate intervention strategies. As a key part of the assessment, the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority and the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention are sponsoring a series of public meetings at which members of the public are invited to listen and comment on the results of the study. The content of the public meetings will focus on state and local data regarding arrest and secure detention of youth. Information obtained from these public meetings will be summarized in the final report and are hoped to initiate a community-wide discussion and commitment to data-driven system reform. Presenting the data and facilitating the meeting will be Liz Neeley, who is the director of Nebraska Minority Justice Committee, and Mitch Herian from the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center.
The next public meeting is scheduled to take place in Garden City at St. Catherine Hospital, Classroom A and B on Jan. 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p,m. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Spanish interpreters will be available.
For more information, contact James Perkins, director, Youth Services 25th Judicial District, at 620-271-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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