Mitigating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System: Linking Research with Policy
The criminal justice system in the United States has grappled for many decades with racial and ethnic disparities in its outcomes. Findings from studies of juvenile justice, policing, pretrial and bail decisions, sentencing, and corrections consistently indicate inequities in the experiences of Black, Native American and Indigenous, and Hispanic American people in the criminal justice system compared to those of white people.
The fundamental question that connects the work of researchers to that of policymakers and practitioners is, “What can we do to mitigate systemwide disparities?”
Join the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy and the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center for a series of engaging online conversations that will use scientific evidence to explore this critical issue.
This first discussion in the series features leading scholars and experts in law enforcement who will examine whether training innovations in procedural justice, implicit bias, de-escalation, and community policing can lead to more equitable outcomes.
Professors Robin Engel, Lorie Fridell, and Tracey Meares, as well as Deputy Chief Tarrick McGuire will share research, evidence, and operational practices to tackle this important question and promote systemwide change.
The discussion will be hosted by Anthony Petrosino, WestEd’s Justice & Prevention Research Center, and moderated by Cynthia Lum, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University.