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Albany County Department Team Attends Program on Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice

12/5/2017 1:43:23 PM

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that the county is continuing its work to develop and enhance a system-wide approach in county government to improve the juvenile justice system and to collaboratively develop and implement policies to address racial and ethnic disparities for juveniles in the county. To that end, a team from Albany County recently attended the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program at Georgetown University.

The certificate program, operated jointly by the Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, is a training program offered to support efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in local juvenile justice systems. The program seeks to reduce over-representation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system, disparate treatment of youth of color within the juvenile justice system, and unnecessary entry into the juvenile justice system for youth of color.

“This training will help Albany County continue the progress we’ve made in reshaping the juvenile justice system,” said McCoy. “For too long our system has institutionalized racial and ethnic disparities and we need to develop long-term strategies to address these issues. Our focus will be on reducing the likelihood of further penetration of placed youth of color in the Juvenile and/or Criminal Justice system. The Team has decided to focus on this population and this point in the juvenile justice system, as there are little to no other RED efforts focused on this system point now, and the disparity rates for Black youth are significant. ”

Following the on-site program session, the Albany County Team has a year to develop and implement a Capstone Project, a set of actions that participants - either individually or as a team - design and undertake to begin or continue collaborative efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system.

Attending the program were:
Lynn Tubbs, Child Welfare Clinical Director, Albany County Department of Children, Youth and Families;
Kathleen Schlegel, Senior Caseworker-Adolescent Services Unit, Albany County Department of Children, Youth and Families;
Barbara Ray, Probation Supervisor, Albany County Department of Probation;
Nicole Ward, Executive Director County Youth Bureau; Albany County Department of Children, Youth and Families;
Anne C. Moscinski, Associate Executive Director for Program Services LaSalle School;
Camela M. Steinke, PhD, Program Assessment & Effectiveness Research Specialist LaSalle School; and
Jamel Muhammad, President Youth L.I.F.E. Support Network, Inc.

This program was supported by a NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) grant.


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