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Juvenile justice conversation

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Photo of Angelique Kedem, Minnesota coordinator for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative,

Angelique Kedem, Minnesota coordinator for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, a national effort to reduce the unnecessary confinement of American youth.

St. Cloud State and the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions are hosting a discussion about Minnesota's juvenile justice system 12:30-3 p.m. Feb. 26 in Room A226 of the Education Building.

“Afternoon of Conversation About Juvenile Justice in Minnesota” is for regional human rights commissioners, high school counselors, school law enforcement liaison officers, city council members and city human rights liaisons. 

Among the issues to be discussed is the disproportionate number of young people of color in secure detention. In many areas of the nation that percentage is disproportionate to both the percentage of colored youth in the population and the percentage of youth arrested.

The conversation will be led by these experts:

Within the past five years, Ramsey County has reduced the average daily population at its Juvenile & Family Justice Center by 66 percent. Ramsey County has also reduced staffing needs, improved confinement conditions and enhanced services.

View a video of Belton's April 2010 testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives.

The conversation will include a discussion of how other Minnesota counties might replicate Ramsey County's successes.

These St. Cloud State entities are sponsoring the event: Social Responsibility Masters Program and the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education.   

A light lunch will be available. RSVP by e-mailing dgallus@crosier.org by Feb. 19.

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