2021 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference


November 2-3, 2021, Mountain Time. Sessions are also recorded to view at your leisure and available for 12 months on the conference platform. (Registered attendees: please see your email inbox for additional details.) 

Each year, CJJ hosts a conference focusing specifically on the issue of racial and ethnic disparities in the youth legal system. These conferences give stakeholders from around the country an opportunity to share strategies and explore solutions to this serious problem. This year’s conference will bring together stakeholders working to fight disparities at the local, state, and national levels, as well as the larger juvenile justice community. To view a copy of the agenda click here

CJJ’s 2021 National Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference focused on ways that young people and their communities, as well as law enforcement, court officials, advocacy groups, and State Advisory Groups can work together to combat racial and ethnic disparities (R/ED). Specifically, the conference focused on:

  • What changes can be made at the system’s front end to reduce R/ED?
  • How can youth advocates, law enforcement, attorneys, the judiciary, and community leaders work together to combat the crisis?
  • What role does data collection play in eliminating R/ED, and how can collection be improved?
  • What lessons have we learned from the pandemic and how can we use these lessons to address and end racial inequities in our education and youth legal systems?

The primary goal of CJJ’s 2021 National R/ED Conference was to help system stakeholders--including policymakers and state DMC Coordinators--combat R/ED through peer-to-peer learning, and expert training.  

2021 ANDREW SMITH AWARDEE! We are excited to honor William Jernigan of Maryland as our 2021 Andrew Smith Awardee. This award if given annually to honor the legacy of Andrew Smith, creator of the Mirror Project and longtime Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coordinator. To learn more about William's accomplishments click here