– – Juvenile Justice Reform Stakeholders – –

Shawnee County JDAI Collaborative will be hosting a one day training on Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities.

We are working in collaboration with the W. Haywood Burns Institute and the Kansas Department of Corrections to provide this training.

This is the first step in our work towards full site engagement in the core strategy of Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities. It is crucial that community and agency stakeholders attend this training, so I ask that you please clear your calendar to attend this training.

The training will be Thursday November 2 at 9:00 to 4:00

I have attached the link to the Burns Institute if you like to have more information. More to come!!




Angela McHardie, Deputy Director
Shawnee County Department of Corrections
401 SE 8th St.
Topeka, Ks. 66607
(785) 251-7703


Racial and ethnic disparity refers to unequal treatment of youth of color in the juvenile justice system. RED results in disparate outcomes for similarly situated youth. Disparity exists in many child-serving systems; we focus on the juvenile justice system because of its negative impact on entire communities.
According to a survey conducted by the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention evidence of racial and ethnic disparities (RED) exists in 31 of the 36 states surveyed. We know from working directly with sites over the last 10 years that it exists even in the places where the evidence is not blatantly apparent.