Written by Dwight Bachman
Willimantic, Conn. -- The Center for Community Engagement at Eastern Connecticut State University is hosting a forum to view and discuss the Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) documentary, "The Color of Justice." The forum will be held on Feb. 26 from 6-8 p.m. in Room 110 of Webb Hall on the Eastern campus. The event, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, School-Based Arrest Reduction Collaborative; Windham Willimantic Local Interagency Services Team (LIST), and Eastern's Division of Student Affairs, is free and open to the public.
"Color of Justice" examines the role race plays in Connecticut's juvenile justice system. The state's own studies show that minority children enter the juvenile justice system at a higher rate than their white peers, and are treated more harshly there. Research shows that adult decisions, not the behavior of the children, accounts for these differences.
After producing the documentary, CPTV partnered with the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance to organize forums around the state to help communities more thoroughly examine the issue. The Alliance has spearheaded major juvenile justice reforms that have improved public safety, while reducing the number of youths sent to the state's most expensive juvenile justice programs.
The forum will focus on understanding the issue and on finding concrete ways that citizens can act to promote equality for all Connecticut youth. For more information about the forum, contact: Kimberly Silcox, Center for Community Engagement, Eastern Connecticut State University (860) 465-4426.