Casey Connects: Summer 2002

Making Work Count for Low-Income Families

Posted June 20, 2002
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This issue of Casey Connects uses KIDS COUNT Data Book statistics to examine how American families are faring in the wake of welfare reform. A second story spotlights a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative site that has successfully written race and ethnicity out of the detention decision equation. Smaller stories highlight Casey-celebrated movers and shakers, the importance of cultural competence in connecting workers to jobs and lessons from the Foundation’s Rebuilding Communities Initiative.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations

Key Takeaway

A juvenile detention system that treats all youth equally is possible – just ask Oregon’s Multnomah County

The scene: 1990 in Multnomah County, Oregon. The statistics: Arrested Latino, Asian, black and native American youth are all more likely – sometimes up to 60% more likely – to be detained relative to their white peers. Fast forward to 2000 and 2001: Detention rates for white and minority youth arrested in Multnomah County are identical at 22%. The difference maker? A commitment to embracing – and advancing – the principles of Casey’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.