Today, the U.S. is engaging in the most significant discussion around racism and inequity since the 1960s, and much of it is taking place around policing and law enforcement.
The community relations network has pledged its commitment to end systemic racism in America, but many of the issues we must tackle have taken on new or complex dimensions that require more knowledge and careful consideration. The Delegates Assembly meeting, on July 8, will be an in-depth educational session with experts followed by interactive breakout groups to reflect on what we have learned.
This session will bring together national and local leaders of the community relations network to learn more about policing, public safety, and reform paradigms–and to set a path forward for our advocacy and engagement. To learn more about the Delegates Assembly, click here.
All JCRC professionals, JCRC Chairs, Delegates Assembly Representatives, and other strategic leaders are encouraged to attend.
July 8, 12:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Policy Discussion Session
Ending Systemic Racism in Policing
Understanding Policing and Where We Go From Here
Redefining Public Safety: What Do Communities Need to Succeed?
Speakers Include Experts, Advocates, and Government Officials:
Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns
Color of Change
Alex S. Vitale
Policing and Social Justice Project
Robert A. Brown, Ph.D.
Chair & Associate Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
North Carolina Central University
Pamela F. Rodriguez, MA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Center for Health and Justice
President and CEO
Addiction Policy Forum
Newark New Jersey Community Street Team
Dr. Andrea Boyles
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
Background on JCPA and Police Reform
JCPA has been a leading advocate for equal justice and civil rights in the US. At the JCPA2020 National Conference in February, the Delegates Assembly of voted to adopt a new resolution advocating for restorative and rehabilitative justice. The resolution highlighted the need to reorient our criminal justice system to reflect a rehabilitative and restorative justice approach to public safety that respects the humanity, dignity, and human rights of all people. This is essential to creating a just society. Additionally, JCPA led a solidarity letter signed by more than 130 organizations pledging to work against systemic racism in the law enforcement. Click here to view.