The Annie E. Casey Foundation will host a webinar at 1 p.m. ET, Thursday, Sept. 17, to share lessons from an evaluation of its effort to deploy race equity strategies and engage youth and families in reducing incarceration and other out-of-home placements for young people, especially youth of color.
The webinar will feature researchers from the Urban Institute and Mathematica, who collaborated on the evaluation, working closely with Casey Foundation staff to develop and answer questions about the reform using surveys and interviews collected from 12 communities that are pursuing the strategies.
Youth of color are consistently overrepresented in courtrooms and detention centers, youth prisons and other residential institutions. This disparity is most extreme for youth in court-ordered institutions — often called the “deep end” of the system — and for youth transferred from juvenile to adult criminal courts. This part of the system includes juvenile probation, the most common disposition in juvenile justice, with nearly a half-million young people given some form of probation annually.
During the webinar, participants will learn about:
- the evaluation’s methods and main findings related to probation and other juvenile justice practices, with a focus on how a mixed-methods approach informed findings on racial equity and youth and family engagement;
- activities and approaches that local juvenile justice system stakeholders and community partners used to reduce out-of-home placement for justice-involved youth, particularly youth of color; and
- considerations for building equity and engagement into evaluation.
What: Evaluating Race Equity and Family Engagement Strategies to Reform the Deep End of Juvenile Justice
When: 1 p.m. ET, Thursday, Sept. 17
- Jeffrey Poirier, the session’s moderator and a senior research associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation;
- Janine Zweig, associate vice president for justice policy in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute;
- Leah Sakala, senior policy associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute; and
- Todd Honeycutt, senior researcher at Mathematica.
Read Leading With Race to Reimagine Youth Justice